Martin named to AP All-America team
RENO — University of Nevada senior Caleb Martin was been selected to the Associated Press preseason All-America team on Tuesday.
He’s the first Nevada player to earn preseason AP All-America honors. Last week Martin was named to the 2019 Julius Erving Award watch list. The award recognizes the top small forward in Division I men’s college basketball.
Martin is joined on the AP All-Amercia team by Carson Edwards (Purdue), Luke Maye (North Carolina), R.J. Barrett (Duke), Dedric Lawson (Kansas) and Ethan Happ (Wisconsin).
Martin was named the 2017-18 MW Player of the Year and is the 2018-19 MW preseason Player of the Year. Last season he helped the Pack to a second MW regular season title and Sweet 16 appearance for the second time in school history. He led the Wolf Pack averaging 18.9 points per game. From the field he shot 45.4 percent and was among the conference leaders making 40.3 percent of his 3-point attempts. In 33 games he posted double figures and had a streak of 16 consecutive double figure scoring games. In 16 games he led the team in scoring and 14 were game highs. Twice he recorded double-doubles with 18 points and 10 rebounds at Fresno State and vs. Texas in the NCAA Tournament.
Nevada hosts San Francisco State on Friday at 7 p.m. in its final exhibition game. The game is being played at the Virginia Street Gym. The regular season opener is set for Nov. 6 at Lawlor Events Center versus BYU.
Martin and Happ are the first players to tie for the fifth spot on the AP All-America team since 2012-13.
Martin became Nevada’s first preseason All-American after testing the NBA draft waters with his twin brother, Cody, during the offseason. The 6-7 senior averaged 18.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists while leading the Wolf Pack to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Nevada has its highest preseason ranking in program history at No. 7 entering this season.
Happ was another player who withdrew from the NBA draft after going through the evaluation process. The 6-10 senior averaged 17.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game while shooting 52.8 percent.
The Associated Press 2018-19 preseason All-America team, with school, height, year and votes from a 65-member national media panel (key 2017-18 statistics in parentheses):
Carsen Edwards, Purdue, 6-1, 200, sophomore, 63 votes (18.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.8 apg, 40.6 3pt fg pct, 1.1 steals)
Luke Maye, North Carolina, 6-8, 240, senior, 52 (16.9 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 2.4 apg, 43.1 3pt fg pct, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks)
R.J. Barrett, Duke, 6-7, 202, freshman, 50 (high school: 28.7 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 4.5 apg)
Dedric Lawson, Kansas, 6-9, 235, junior, 30 (Memphis 2016-17: 19.2 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.1 blocks, 1.3 steals)
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin, 6-10, 237, senior, 23 (17.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.7 apg, 52.8 fg pct, 1.5 steals)
Caleb Martin, Nevada, 6-7, 205, senior, 23 (18.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 40.3 3pt fg pct, 1.3 steals)
Other receiving votes: Grant Williams, Tennessee, 18; Tyus Battle, Syracuse, 11; Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga, 10; Shamorie Ponds, St. John’s, 10; Kyle Guy, Virginia, 8; Mike Daum, South Dakota State, 6; Markus Howard, Marquette, 5; Reid Travis, Kentucky, 5; Zion Williamson, Duke, 3; Tremont Waters, LSU, 2; Cassius Winston, Michigan State, 2; Sagaba Konate, West Virginia, 1; Romeo Langford, Indiana, 1; Eric Paschall, Villanova, 1; Jontay Porter, Missouri, 1.