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Reunited, Martin twins both sign with Charlotte Hornets

Jim Krajewski, Reno Gazette-Journal Published 1:59 p.m. PT July 31, 2019 | Updated 2:03 p.m. PT July 31, 2019


Nevada guard Cody Martin is one of seven seniors who will play a final game at Lawlor Events Center on Saturday. Reno Gazette Journal

Caleb and Cody Martin will continue their basketball careers together, and back in the state they are from, North Carolina.

Cody Martin signed with the Charlotte Hornets after being drafted in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft in June.

His twin brother, Caleb Martin, signed a free agent deal with the Hornets on Wednesday, as announced by the team.

Charlotte Hornets president of basketball operations and general manager Mitch Kupchak made the announcement in a news release. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

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The Hornets selected Cody Martin with the 36th overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Martin, a 6-foot 7 guard from Nevada, was named to the All-MWC Third Team and the MWC All-Defensive Team in 2018-19.

Nevada's Caleb Martin , left, pulls in a rebound over Fresno State's Sam Bittner   on Jan. 12, 2019.

Nevada’s Caleb Martin , left, pulls in a rebound over Fresno State’s Sam Bittner on Jan. 12, 2019. (Photo: Gary Kazanjian, AP)

As a senior, he averaged 12.1 points and led the conference in assists (167), ranked third in steals (46) and ninth in blocks (23).

In 2017-18, Martin was named the MWC Defensive Player of the Year and selected to the All-MWC Second Team and MWC All-Defensive Team. He finished his junior campaign as the team’s third-leading scorer (14.0 ppg) and paced the team in assists (4.7 apg), steals (1.7 spg), blocks (1.5 bpg), field goal percentage (51.6%) and minutes per game (35.6 mpg).

Caleb Martin signed with the Hornets as an undrafted free agent. He averaged 19.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 34.1 minutes per game as a senior in 2018-19 for Nevada.

The 6-7 forward was named to the 2018-19 All-MWC First Team as well as the MWC All-Defensive Team. Martin led all conference players in three-point field goals (107) and steals (49) in 2018-19. He was named the 2017-18 MWC Player of the Year as a junior, and averaged 18.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals in 33.3 minutes per game. He led the conference in total points (680) and ranked second in three-point field goals (100) in his junior season.

Nevada's Cody Martin (11) plays against UNLV on Jan. 29, 2019, in Las Vegas. Nevada won 87-70

Nevada’s Cody Martin (11) plays against UNLV on Jan. 29, 2019, in Las Vegas. Nevada won 87-70 (Photo: John Locher, AP)

The Martin twins are Mocksville, NC natives and played high school basketball together, then spent two seasons at N.C. State before transferring to Nevada.

Shams Charania, who covers the NBA  for The Athletic and Stadium, tweeted that Cody Martin will receive a three-year deal as the team’s second round draft pick, likely for a little over $1 million per season with a non-guaranteed final year.

Charania tweeted that Caleb Martin will get a partially guaranteed deal, which could mean a one-year deal or a tryout contract.

Jordan Caroline, their teammate at Nevada, signed with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this summer.

Caroline (6-7) averaged 14.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists during his four years at Nevada, and converted 36.8 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Caleb Martin

Caleb Martin (Photo: Provided by Nevada Athletics)

Jim Krajewski covers high school and youth sports for the Reno Gazette Journal. Follow him on Twitter @RGJPreps. Support his work by subscribing to right here

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