BROOKLYN, NY (KOLO) - University of Nevada senior guard Cody Martin was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 36th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft held Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Martin returns to his home state as he is from Mocksville, N.C.
Martin is the first Wolf Pack player selected in the NBA Draft since Luke Babbitt and Armon Johnson were taken in the 2010 NBA Draft. Babbitt was the 16th pick of the first round by the Minnesota Timberwolves and Johnson was the 34th overall selection by the Portland Trail Blazers.
Martin played two seasons for the Pack and helped the team capture back-to-back Mountain West regular season titles. Nevada advanced to the NCAA Tournament each season and reached the Sweet 16 in 2018. The Wolf Pack won 29 games in each of his seasons which tied the school record for wins in a season and the 58 wins in two years is the best two year span in school history.
In two seasons he played in 70 games and made 68 starts. He averaged 13.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game in his career. In his first season at Nevada he scored 14 points, grabbed 6.3 rebounds and dished out 4.7 assists per game. As a senior he averaged 12.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.
His junior year he was selected as the MW Defensive Player of the Year, to the MW Defensive team, MW academic team and to the MW second team by the coaches and media. His senior year he was a repeat selection on the MW defensive team, was named to the MW coaches third team, MW media second team and the MW preseason team. Martin was named to the Wooden Award preseason watch list and the Bob Cousy Award preseason watch list and was top 10 finalist for the Cousy Award.