Martin Named SAC Player of the Week
Monday, January 8, 2007 | by Sophomore leads Indians to first 2-0 SAC start in school history.

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Newberry College men’s basketball player Clemente Martin has been named the South Atlantic Conference’s Player of the Week, which was released on Monday afternoon by league officials.

Martin, a 6’4” sophomore forward from Freeport Bahamas, averaged a double-double for the week, leading the Indians to a 2-0 record in the SAC, the first time in school history that a Newberry men’s basketball squad has won their first two league games. He averaged 16.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per-game.

Against Wingate University, Martin recorded career-highs in points (24) and rebounds (14) to lead Newberry to an 89-79 victory over the Bulldogs. In Saturday’s 63-60 victory over Carson-Newman College, Martin grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. He gave the Indians the lead for good when he broke a 58-58 tie with a free-throw with 1:32 remaining in the game.

“This honor is just a credit to Clemente and his teammates, said Head Coach Shaun Golden. Clemente continues to grow not only as a basketball player, but as a person. He has been a valuable player for us this season and will continue to be a major part of the team’s success.”