KU hoops notebook: Cam Martin’s new home, portal news and more…
Former Kansas forward Cam Martin has found a new landing spot.
The 6-foot-9 super-senior-to-be who played two seasons at KU after an All-American career at the Division II level is headed to Boise State to play out his final season of eligibility.
Martin, one of five members of last season’s KU team to enter the transfer portal since the end of the Jayhawks’ run, announced the move on social media on Tuesday.
In an interview with B.J. Rains, of Broncosnationnews.com, Martin said choosing the Broncos was all about identifying the right opportunity.
“You can look at the post players at Boise State and they’ve had a lot of players that have been stretch 5s and capable of shooting the basketball,” Martin told Rains. “You can’t say the same about Kansas. After watching some film of how I’ve played in the past and how Boise State has played in the past and how they want to use me, it looked like a no-brainer.”
One of the more interesting aspects of Martin’s choice is the fact that it will allow his brother, freshman Alex Martin, to join him on next season’s BSU roster.
The younger Martin is a 6-6 wing who had been committed to a junior college before the opportunity to join his brother as a walk-on at Boise State presented itself.
Martin told Rains that he heard from nearly 100 schools during his recent recruitment and that bringing his brother along was a key part of the process.
“It couldn’t have worked out more perfect for us to play togeth-er,” the former Jayhawk told Rains. “As soon as I went into the portal that was the biggest thing, we were going somewhere together regardless.”
Martin, who will be entering his seventh year of college when he joins the Broncos, will have one season of eligibility remain-ing because of a medical redshirt for last season and the COVID year that will allow him to be a super-senior for the second time.
No other former Jayhawks have announced their future plans, and KU coach Bill Self and his staff are in the process of filling the holes in their roster that opened up when Martin joined Bobby Pettiford, Joe Yesufu, Zach Clemence and MJ Rice in entering the transfer portal.
Weekend visitor on the slate
Towson guard Nicolas Timberlake is planning to visit KU this weekend, according to a report from JayhawkSlant.com.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound senior combo guard announced his plans to enter the transfer portal on March 9 after averaging 17.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game for Tow-son last season.
If that school sounds familiar it’s because that’s where former KU All-American Frank Mason III was committed before his path took him to KU.
Known as a gifted offensive player, Timberlake shot 45.5% from the floor last season, including 41.6% from 3-point range on 92 makes in 221 attempts. He also shot 85% at the free throw line.
He recently told 247 Sports that he viewed his 100-plus games of college basketball as an asset that would make him not only a weapon on offense but also a leader for whichever team he signs with for the 2023-24 season.
According to reports, Timberlake recently visited North Caroli-na and also has heard from more than two dozen other high-major college basketball programs since entering the portal.
Timberlake is ranked as the 18th best player available in the portal per 247 Sports.
Another transfer portal prospect of note is Georgetown guard Primo Spears, a 6-3, 185-pound sophomore who recently listed KU as one of his four finalists.
Joining the Jayhawks on Spears’ list are TCU, Arkansas and Florida State.
Last season, Spears averaged 16 points, 5.3 assists and 3 re-bounds for the Hoyas while shooting 41% from the floor and 30% (27-of-90) from 3-point range.
As the days move on, especially now that the NCAA Touran-ment is over, more players are expected to enter the transfer portal, which opened March 13 and will remain open until May 11. That’s the last date a player can enter the portal. But deci-sions about these portal-bound players’ futures do not have to be made by then.
Included on the list of the most notable recent names to enter the portal, which KU may or may not have interest in, are: Baylor guard LJ Cryer, Michigan big man Hunter Dickinson, Gonzaga guard Hunter Sallis, Oral Roberts guard Max Abmas and North Carolina guard Caleb Love.
Other players in the portal who have been tied to KU through various reports include Temple guard Khalif Battle, Washing-ton State guard TJ Bamba, Wyoming center Graham Ike, Western Kentucky guard Dayvion McKnight, Oregon big man Kel’el Ware and more.
Kansas women’s basketball center Taiyanna Jackson, who became the first KU women’s player to average a double-double for an entire season since 1982 and also was named the Most Outstanding Player of the WNIT, announced on Twit-ter on Tuesday that she will return to KU for her super-senior season.
A two-year starter who set the KU blocks record in both of her seasons since joining the program out of junior college, Jack-son’s return, though expected, is massive news for Brandon Schneider’s team.
Schneider said after KU’s WNIT title-game win over Columbia last Saturday that he expected Jackson, along with her all-Big 12 teammates Zakiyah Franklin and Holly Kersgieter to return for the 2023-24 season.