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MM 4.28: Transfer guard Ian Martinez signs with Maryland men’s basketball

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Maryland men’s basketball officially announced on Tuesday it signed freshman combo guard Ian Martinez, who is transferring from the University of Utah.

While at Utah, Martinez averaged 5.2 points per game over 25 games, shot .495 from the field and .839 from the free throw line. One of his strongest performances was against the University of Southern California, Los Angeles when he scored 18 points against the Trojans in the Pac-12 Tournament.

Before college, Martinez was a four-star recruit who was named to All-CIF Southern Section (Division I), OC Register All-Orange County First-Team and First-Team All-Trinity League.

“One thing that really stood out to me was the opportunity to be in a program with Maryland’s culture and the type of playing style they have,” Martinez said. “I have a great feeling about this place.”

Martinez joins point guard Fatts Russell (Rhode Island) and center Qudus Wahab (Georgetown) in transferring to Maryland, bolstering the Terps during the offseason.

“Ian is a combo guard who can score at all levels and still has tremendous room from growth,” said Head Coach Mark Turgeon. “He brings a passion and flair to the game of basketball that I think will remind a lot of fans of Greivis Vasquez.”

In Other News

Maryland men’s lacrosse’s Jared Bernhardt and Nick Grill were drafted into the PLL Monday.

Joe detailed Maryland women’s lacrosse’s erratic regular season ahead of postseason play.

Maryland men’s lacrosse’s Logan Wishauskas and John Geppert named Big Ten Players of the Week.

Maryland football defensive back Erwin Byrd entered the transfer portal.

Maryland softball looks back on its successful series against Penn State.

Maryland women’s tennis headed to Madison, Wisconsin for the Big Ten tournament set to start on April 28.