According to an interview for 247 Sports, the son of famous NBA player and Cincinnati University legend Kenyon Martin, Kenyon Martin Junior will forgo college basketball and instead will dedicate himself to building a career in sports on a professional level. It was reported that the young player still hasn’t signed any professional deals with teams, and he’s carefully planning his next steps.
Last month, Martin Jr. was admitted to Vanderbilt and was expected to appear at the college campus during this week. His unexpected decision to skip college and go directly to professional basketball comes right after five-star recruit RJ Hampton announced that he plans to sign with the New Zealand’s team Breakers from the National Basketball League and skip college basketball as well. Three teams had their eyes on Hampton – Memphis, Kansas and Texas Tech, and he was projected as a first-round pick in the 2020 NBA Mock Draft. ESPN claimed that Hampton’s move had inspired Martin Jr. to do the same.
Last season, Martin Jr., who is a three-star prospect, averaged 16.7 points and 9.8 rebounds for Sierra Canyon High School in his hometown Chatsworth, California. He did not respond to numerous requests for further comments.