The son of former #1 overall pick and NBA staple Kenyon Martin has declared that he will make himself eligible for the 2020 NBA Draft, following in his father’s footsteps.
Kenyon Martin Jr., who spent this season playing preparatory basketball at IMG Academy in Florida, will try his luck in this summer’s draft despite not having played professional or college basketball after finishing high school.
Martin Jr. forewent a scholarship opportunity to play basketball at Vanderbilt University to head for the league.
The 19-year-old forward measures in at 6’7″ and is lauded for his energy and skill on the court. While still polishing his offensive game, Martin Jr. receives high marks for his level of effort and defensive prowess.
Martin Jr. wrote about his decision on Instagram, “It has been a lifelong dream of mine and I will continue to work day by day to prove to myself and everyone that this is where I belong.”
He will now look to make a name for himself in the draft, which comes exactly 20 years after his father was taken with the first overall pick by the New Jersey Nets out of the University of Cincinnati.
The NBA Draft is scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 25th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.