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UTM men add JUCO guard, Missouri prep standout

UTM men add JUCO guard, Missouri prep standout

UT Martin men’s basketball head coach Jason James has announced the signings of two players who will join the Skyhawk roster in 2013-14 as Terrence Durham and Javier Martinez have inked National Letters of Intent.
Durham (6-3, 195), who originally signed with TCU out of high school, has played the past two seasons under head coach Steve Green at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. Durham helped lead the Texans to a 58-8 record in his two seasons at SPC, including a perfect 36-0 mark and NJCAA national championship during his freshman season.
Overall, Durham played in 49 games at SPC. His best game as a sophomore came on Nov. 13 against Temple, when he poured in 17 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Durham spent the 2010-11 season at Brehm Preparatory School in Carbondale, Ill., one of the most prominent prep schools in the nation that also produced current Skyhawk senior Mike Liabo. He averaged 12.8 points, six assists and five rebounds per game.
Prior to Brehm Prep, Durham was a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and earned an 85 out of 100 ranking by ESPN.com’s recruiting services after a spectacular career at Craigmont High School in Memphis.
As a senior, he was a 2010 Commercial Appeal Best of Preps Class AAA selection after leading the Chiefs to a 26-5 record and state ranking as high as No. 6. He was listed as the third-best combo guard prospect in the state of Tennessee and a top sleeper candidate by recruiting guru Rick Bolus.
James traveled to his hometown to sign Martinez (6-7, 210), who was making a name for himself after a dominant senior season at St. Louis Christian Academy.
Despite the fact that St. Louis Christian is an affiliate school that cannot participate in the MSHSAA state tournament, Martinez turned heads around the St. Louis metro area with his eye-popping performances throughout the season.
Martinez was also named to the all-tournament squad after posting averages of 24.3 points and 13.5 rebounds over four games in the Neosho Holiday Classic, which featured several nationally touted programs.
He piled up 30 points and 18 rebounds against Pierce City, 28 points and 14 rebounds against Ruskin, 28 points and 14 rebounds against Memphis Sheffield and 11 points, eight rebounds against national power Sunrise Christian in the title game of the tournament.
As a teenager, the scrappy Martinez earned invaluable experience playing for the U.S. Virgin Islands U18 National Team. He was one of the team’s best players in the 2010 Tournament of the Americas, where he squared off against future NBA stars Kyrie Irving and Austin Rivers in the tournament opener.

Published in The Messenger 5.30.13

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