Towson transfer Zane Martin will visit Gonzaga in late June. Martin averaged nearly 20 points per game for Towson last season. Due to NCAA transfer rules, when he transfers, he will sit out one year and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Towson transfer Zane Martin tells ESPN he will visit Ole Miss on June 14-16 and Gonzaga on June 22-24.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) May 29, 2018
19.8 PPG, sit one play two.
Since Martin was granted his departure, a laundry list of good schools has come calling, including Ole Miss, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Loyola Chicago. Martin is an efficient scorer and a high volume shooter, partly because he had to be on Towson.
The Zags are an easy landing spot for Martin, obviously, because we are Gonzaga fans. Objectively, however, it does make a lot of sense. If Martin chooses Gonzaga, he will get to practice and travel with a team that is slated to be one of the best in college hoops next season.
Gonzaga has shown great success in players benefiting from a red-shirt or transfer year. Players such as Kyle Wiltjer, Nigel Williams-Goss, and the O.G. red-shirt monster Kelly Olynyk can all attest to the benefits. Most importantly, after his red-shirt year, the Zags will enter sans Josh Perkins. Gonzaga has unproven (most likely good) players in Greg Foster Jr. and Joel Ayayi, but Martin would be a veteran at the point guard position.
The offseason gets long in college basketball land, especially considering the Zags are mostly avoiding the NBA Draft this year (good luck Johnathan Williams). Hopefully the Martin saga will give us all something productive to talk about for a few weeks.