UT Martin announced today the signing of two players for the 2013-2014 year, inking guard Terrence Durham and forward Javier Martinez. Both will be eligible for the upcoming season for head coach Jason James.
Point guard Terrence Durham spent the past two seasons at South Plains College in Levelland Texas and helped lead the team to a NJCAA national championship his freshmen year. This past season he saw action in 18 games, starting two. He averaged around 13 minutes and shot 45% from the field and dished out 2 assists per game.
“Terrence is a very smart basketball player,” James said. “He is a true point guard who has a great feel for the game. He gets others involved and is very unselfish. The thing that makes him dangerous is that he can also score if he has to. His ability to keep the defense honest by being able to put the ball in the basket will make him very valuable to us. I am looking forward to seeing Terrence play in a Skyhawk uniform this season. We had a need for a true point guard who could find the open man as well as score if the team needed it – Terrence fits that need very well.”
In high school, Durham played a season at Brehm Prep in Carbondale, Illinois, where current Skyhawk Mike Liabo played.
Javier Martinez, a 6-7 forward who played at St. Louis Christian Academy had a very impressive senior season highlighed by earning MVP of a Thanksgiving Tournament in which he averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds.
“I love Javier’s attitude towards the game of basketball,” James said. “He loves to play and he loves to win. He will do anything the team requires of him to win a game. He has a great understanding of how to play, which is something most freshmen struggle with. He works hard to improve and plays hard at every opportunity that he gets. The thing our team will benefit most along with attitude is his ability to chase the ball off the glass, he is a very effective rebounder on both ends of the floor.”
Martinez does have some international playing experience, having been selected fr the U.S. Virgin Islands U18 National Team. He averaged 6.2 rebounds in a 2010 Tournament of the Americas and posted a 13 point, 7 rebound game against Mexico.