After entering the transfer portal in March, former Rhode Island guard Tyrese Martin announced he will transfer to UConn. Initially recruited by Dan Hurley before he accepted the Huskies’ head coaching job, Martin will reunite with Hurley in Storrs.
“I cashed out many times after betting on myself!,” Martin tweeted. “This just another one waiting to happen. 100% COMMITTED #GOHUSKIES.”
— Tyrese Martin 🏀 (@Dreambig_04) April 7, 2020
Martin, a 6-foot-6 wing, joins Brendan Adams as former URI Rams turned Huskies. Adams de-committed from Rhode Island and came to UConn with Hurley in 2018.
“I would only leave Rhode Island for an elite program like UConn,” the Allentown, PA. native told Evan Daniels of 247 Sports. “The pros and national championships were too much to turn down. I left a great program for an elite program.”
Martin played in 63 games at URI and started in 49 between his freshman and sophomore seasons. Last year, the athletic guard started in all 30 Rams games, scoring 12.8 points and grabbing 7.1 rebounds while shooting 43.3%. He is a career 31.7% shooter from 3-point range.
One thing to know about the newest Husky: when Coronavirus shut down season, Tyrese Martin went home to Allentown, Pa and got a job in a warehouse to help support his family, while also doing his online courses and his workouts. Tells you something.
— Dom Amore (@AmoreCourant) April 7, 2020
Martin fills one of the two available scholarships following the departures of guard Alterique Gilbert (Wichita State) and forward Sid Wilson (transfer portal). He will need an NCAA transfer waiver in order to play as a junior. If deemed eligible, he will immediately compete for minutes with Tyler Polley and Akok Akok rehabbing from season-ending surgeries.