College basketball: Former Curtis star Malik Martin will land in the Atlantic-10
It didn’t take very long for former two-time Jaques Award winner Malik Martin to find a new home.
And a familiar home, at that.
Martin announced through a Tweet that he has verbally committed to transfer to the University of Rhode Island, the Advance has learned.
Martin revealed his intention to leave UNC-Charlotte on March 17 after starting for the 49ers the last two seasons. In that Tweet, the four-year varsity player from Curtis said he had entered the NCAA’s transfer portal and now, he will follow in the footsteps of older brother and former URI star Hassan Martin in attending the Atlantic-10 school.
I would like to thank all of the coaches who have recruited me throughout this process,'' the St. George resident said in his Tweet on Monday. "After talking with my family, I would like to announce that I will be attending the University of Rhode Island.''
Martin has two years of eligibility left and it’s currently unclear if the 6-foot-6 guard will have to sit a year before suiting up for the first time in a Rams uniform. According to the Providence Journal, "the NCAA has yet to rule on a possible one-time transfer exception for student-athletes, a rule change that would remove the current two-semester waiting period before gaining eligibility.”
According to a Tweet by @Rhodyfan responding to Martin’s news, "You were already family, this just makes it official.''
Martin, who was named to Conference USA’s All-Defensive team at the conclusion of last season, won’t be the only player transferring into URI. The Journal also revealed that highly touted twins Makhi Mitchell and Makhel Mitchell are leaving the University of Maryland to join the Rams as well.