CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern product Kelvin Martin ('12) has signed a contract to play with Virtus Segafredo Bologna of Italy's Serie A league. The CSU Hall of Famer inked the deal earlier this week and will report to Italy this fall for his seventh professional season and second in Italy's top circuit.
Martin, who earned a spot in June's Dallas Mavericks' mini-camp, is coming off a breakout year for Vanoli Cremona. The 6-5 swingman averaged 13.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.5 assists per game while showcasing his versatility by logging minutes at guard and forward. Martin's production helped lead Vanoli to the Italian Cup semifinals.
Martin is one of six CSU alums currently playing overseas. Former teammates Mathiang Muo ('13), Saah Nimley ('15) and Cedrick Bowen ('15) join Martin, along with Will Saunders ('15) and Javis Howard ('18), who just signed to play with the Plymouth Raiders of the British Basketball League. Jamarco Warren ('10), Allie Fullah ('14) and current CSU assistant coach Arlon Harper ('15) have also competed professionally and/or agreed to contracts in the past.
Martin was selected to CSU's Athletic Hall of Fame last fall. He is among the program's career leaders in rebounds (2nd), steals (3rd), field goal percentage (7th) and scoring (8th), and is one of just four players in Big South Conference history with over 1,000 points, 900 rebounds, 200 steals and 100 blocked shots. Martin was named Big South Defensive Player of the Year in 2010-11 and 2011-12. He earned a spot on the all-conference first team the latter year as he propelled CSU to its first winning season in 16 years. The Adel, Ga., native graduated from CSU with a sociology degree.