Demetri Martin in sophomore season at Northwood

Demetri Martin

MIDLAND — Demetri Martin made his second appearance in a Northwood University uniform at Wink Arena last Thursday against Ferris’ men’s basketball team.

It was again a special time for the Big Rapids native, who played a key role in the Cardinals 2016 drive to the state semifinal.

It’s Martin’s sophomore season and he also played in Wink Arena with Northwood as a freshman.

The 6-foot-4 sophomore guard has seen action in 10 games and is averaging 4.8 points and two rebounds, plus three assists per outing while shooting 41.7 percent from the floor, 42.9 percent in threes and 85.7 percent in free throws. Against Ferris in a 97-78 Northwood loss, Martin started and saw 12 minutes of action and had three points and three rebounds.

“It was obviously a bad loss,” he said after the game. “We’ve beaten a couple of good teams, including Northern Michigan.”

The Timberwolves are 5-5 overall and 3-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

“I’m not quite where I want to be yet,” Martin said. “I had surgery a month and a half ago on my knee. I’m just bouncing back. Hopefully by January, I’ll be back all the way.”

Martin said his role is somewhat different than it was last season.

“As of right now I’m more of a four man,” he said. “I grew a couple of inches. Right now, I’m more of a big. Hopefully by January, I’m back at that guard position.”

Shooting isn’t necessarily Martin’s major role right now.

“Eventually it will come,” Martin said. “In high school, I never took more than 20 shots in a game. Hopefully, I’m in that starter role for good. I feel we’ll take it back up again. This (against) Ferris was a tough loss.”

Many former teammates and friends were at the Ferris game to watch Martin.

“It would have been a lot better if we got the win,” he said. “But it’s always nice seeing the people who supported me through high school.”

 

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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