A native of Houston, Texas, Martin follows former teammate Jeremiah Massey (2004-05) and Larry Reid (2001-02) as the only other Wildcats to earn second team All-Big 12 honors in the last 10 seasons. He is just the fifth player in school history to be selected to one of the three all-conference teams in the Big 12 era by the league coaches and the 13th overall to earn either first, second, third or honorable mention accolades since the inception of the league in 1996-97.
Co-champions Texas and Kansas swept most of the major awards announced by the conference. Junior P.J. Tucker and sophomore LaMarcus Aldridge were named as the Big 12 Player and Defensive Player of the Year for the Longhorns, while freshman Brandon Rush and head coach Bill Self were honored as the league's Freshman and Coach of the Year for the Jayhawks. Oklahoma junior Michael Neal was named the Newcomer of the Year.
Tucker was the only unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 first team, which also included Aldridge, Rush, Colorado's Richard Roby and Texas Tech's Jarrius Jackson. Martin was joined on the second team by Iowa State's Curtis Stinson, Oklahoma duo Terrell Everett and Taj Gray and Texas A&M's Joseph Jones. The third team included Iowa State's Will Blalock, Missouri's Thomas Gardner, Texas duo Brad Buckman and Daniel Gibson and Texas A&M's Acie Law.
The team leader in both scoring (18.3) and rebounding (6.7), Martin also paced the squad in 10 other categories, including starts (27), minutes (33.0), 20-point games (13), double-figure scoring (25), field goals (158), 3-point field goals (50), free throws (128), free throw percentage (83.7), defensive rebounds (117) and steals (1.0). His current 18.3 points per game average is on track to be the best by a Wildcat since Askia Jones averaged 22.1 points during the 1993-94 season.
Martin ranks among the top 10 in six categories in the Big 12, including first in free throw percentage, fourth in scoring, seventh in field goal percentage, ninth in defensive rebounds and 10th in rebounding and minutes. He is one of just three Big 12 players to be ranked among the league's top 10 in scoring, rebounding, double-doubles, field goal percentage and free throw percentage.
Kansas State (15-12, 6-10 Big 12), which is seeded ninth in the upcoming Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, will play eighth-seeded Texas Tech (14-16, 6-10 Big 12) on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.