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UConn's Martin selected No. 51 overall by Warriors in NBA Draft, traded to Atlanta

Tyrese Martin joined a long list of NBA Draft choices from the UConn basketball program on Thursday.

The Golden State Warriors selected Martin, a tough, versatile 6-foot-6, 215 pound guard from Allentown, Pa., in the second round and 51st pick overall, and then traded him to the Atlanta Hawks.

It’s the first time since 2012 that the Huskies had players drafted in consecutive seasons. James Bouknight was a lottery pick in 2021, taken 11th overall by the Charlotte Hornets.

Martin is the 45th UConn player to be drafted since 1965 and 33rd taken in the first or second rounds.

Last season, Martin averaged a career-high 13.6 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 45 percent from the field and a career-best 43 percent from 3-point range for the Huskies, who went 23-10 and earned a second straight NCAA tournament berth. He was named to the Big East all-tournament team.

Martin spent his first two college seasons at Rhode Island before transferring to UConn in 2020. He had a productive last few months, improving his draft stock by impressing scouts at the various events. He was selected to the all-tournament team at the Portsmouth Invitational after averaging 19.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in three games. He played well in the NBA G League Elite Camp and NBA Draft combine.

He also participated in the NABC-Reese’s College All-Star game in New Orleans on the Final Four weekend, scoring 22 points for the East team in a win. He also was on the championship winning team in the Dos Equis 3x3 national championship.

g.keefe@theday.com

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