The Redhawks will start the season short a big man. Southeast Missouri State has confirmed to OVC Ball that the program has dismissed former UCF transfer Wayne Martin for a violation of team rules.
The 6’7, 205 pound transfer joined the team a year ago, and sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules. Martin tore his Achilles before his freshman year, hampering his numbers with the Knights.
Martin was highly recruited after leaving UCF, telling the Southeast Missourian he chose SEMO over Creighton and San Diego State.
Before his injury in high school, Martin was named the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches 2010-11 Class 2A Player of the Year. At Providence Christian, Martin averaged 17.3 points and 8.7 rebounds as a senior, earned a 3-star rating from Rivals and was rated as the No. 44 power forward nationally by ESPNU.
The Redhawks still have quite a presence in their frontcourt, with All-OVC selections Tyler Stone and Nino Johnson both returning this season. Many pundits have the Redhawks picked as the team to beat in the West Division, over rival Murray State.