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Martinez’s Scoring Exploits Reap Top National Ranking

Date: March 1, 2017

Martinez’s Scoring Exploits Reap Top National Ranking

In a season of multiple challenges for the RCC men’s basketball team, Kevin Martinez provided a constant source of highlight-reel material. Although the Hawks endured a difficult campaign, with a final record of 5 wins and 23 losses, Martinez lit up the scoreboard to the tune of 26.2 points per game, which ranked No. 4 in the country among NCAA Division III junior colleges. Even more impressive, his totals of 733 points and 216 successful free throws finished tops in the nation, and his field goal total of 245 ranked No. 2.

Martinez finished his season with a flourish, pouring in 46 points in a narrow 89-87 loss to Dutchess CC on February 11, and netting 39 points in a season-ending 121-82 defeat by Nassau CC on February 14.

Martinez, a 6-foot-2, 190-lb. guard/small forward, scored more than one-third of the team’s points this year and also averaged a strong 7.3 rebounds per game. Due to a variety of factors, the Hawks finished the season with only six healthy players, and the lack of bench strength translated to a draining 40-minute workload for most of the unit, testing their stamina and resolve. Health issues also beset the coaching staff, compounding the squad’s misfortune.

Throughout a campaign of adversity, however, Martinez offered a glimmer of brilliance. “Personally, it was a good season for me. I played every minute like it was the last time I will play in a uniform,” said Martinez, a second-year student who is unsure whether he will play competitively after RCC. “It was a rough season for our team, and we had some tough losses, but you try to learn from the experience.”

After graduating from Clarkstown South in 2014, Martinez spent a year at the College of Mount St. Vincent in Riverdale, NY, before transferring to RCC. An outstanding student, he holds a 3.93 GPA while majoring in Finance and expects to graduate in May with an AS in Business Administration. He hopes to pursue a bachelor’s in Finance at either NYU or Baruch College, CUNY, and plans on a career as an investment banker or financial advisor.

“RCC was definitely the right choice for me,” he said. “It gave me the opportunity to develop more as a player and as a student. Everything fell into place when I came to RCC.”