Atlanta Hawks select UConn men's basketball grad Tyrese Martin in second round of NBA Draft

Atlanta Hawks select UConn men’s basketball grad Tyrese Martin in second round of NBA Draft

Tyrese Martin was selected with the 51st overall pick in the NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors and immediately traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.

UConn head coach Dan Hurley had been saying all season that Martin was an “NBA player,” and while some scouts agreed, it appeared Martin’s chances of getting drafted were slim once the college basketball season ended.

However, the 6-foot-6, 215-pound wing impressed at the Portsmouth Invitational and at the NBA G League Elite Camp, then had several workouts for teams that, according to Hurley, almost all went very well.

Martin was recruited by Hurley at Rhode Island and transferred to join Hurley at UConn after two seasons at Rhody. He averaged 13.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this past season while shooting an impressive 43 percent (43 for 100) from 3-point range. That was a significant jump from his first three years, when he shot 31 percent and 32 percent his freshman and sophomore seasons, respectively, at URI, and 32 percent as a junior at UConn.

He is the 45th UConn player to be selected in the NBA Draft since 1965. James Bouknight was a lottery pick (11th overall) last year.

Martin is the 13th former Husky to be taken in the second round, joining Daniel Hamilton (2016, Denver), DeAndre Daniels (2014, Toronto), Ater Majok (2011, Lakers), Stanley Robinson (2010, Orlando), AJ Price ( 2009, Indiana), Denham Brown (2006, Seattle); Jake Voskuhl (2000, Chicago), Khlaid El-Amin (2000, Chicago), Doron Sheffer (1996, Clippers), Donny Marshall (1995, Cleveland), Chris Smith (1992, Minnesota) and Cliff Robinson (1989, Portland). Robinson was the only one of those players to have a significant NBA career, though Price and Voskuhl lasted six and nine years in the league, respectively.

Martin was the only Big East player selected in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Atlanta went 43-39 during the NBA’s 2021-22 season and finished in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks were eliminated in the first round of the NBA playoffs by the Miami Heat, 4-1.

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