One of St. Francis Brooklyn’s bigger problems last season was defense, but so far this year that hasn’t been an issue thanks in part to rookie and Brooklyn-product Wayne Martin.
Coming off the bench this year, Martin has been impressive in his first seven games with the Terriers as he has averaged 10.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He was named the Northeast Conference’s Rookie of the Week during the first week of the season for his role St. Francis’ surprising win over Miami when he contributed 17 points in 28 minutes.
Martin was honored again this week with his second NEC Rookie of the Week honors. This time it was for his 12 point performance in St. Francis’ win over Stony Brook. Not only was Martin a big part of that game, but he had the game winning tip-in to clinch it.
The emergence of Martin is coupled with Jalen Cannon becoming one of the elite players in the NEC as well as the arrival of transfer student Amdy Fall has given St. Francis one of the more formidable defenses in the conference. They have been particularly effective down low as the Terriers have held opponents to just 43 percent shooting inside the arc.
Between the emergence of Martin and the strong defense that the trio he has formed with Cannon and Fall have provided, St. Francis has to feel pretty good about itself with a month left before NEC play starts.