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It was a disappointing year for Martin, even as Butler thrived this season. He put forth an uneven effort and was moved to the bench last month. He averaged 16.0 points, but his shooting (42.8 percent overall, 35.2 percent from the 3-point line) sank from last year, not a good sign for a guy whose projected role is as a big 3-and-D wing with some potential for adding offensive versatility. It’s not certain whether he will enter the draft this year or have another crack at college with his senior season.
A big performance against Jackson, the ACC player of the year, might help restore Martin somewhat in the eyes of NBA scouts. Jackson has been the offensive backbone for North Carolina all year, and going back to December 28, he has scored at least 16 points in 21 of 23 games. He has a much-improved shot, working both off the dribble and as a catch-and-shoot player, and made 38.7 percent of his 3s (he made 29.2 percent last year), taking 7.0 per game.
Martin was sharp in Butler’s win over Middle Tennessee, with 19 points, six rebounds and four assists, even as he was battling back spasms. That is the kind of versatility that scouts thought they’d see regularly from Martin this year. Jackson, too, comes into the Sweet 16 on a high note, with 36 points in two tournament games, including eight made 3s on 14 attempts.
Authentic Kids Dion Dawkins Jersey That figures to be a final blow to a team that has been in the midst of a full unraveling in the past two weeks. One thing that Wade proved over this season in Chicago — the first of his 14-year career outside of Miami — is that he can still be a productive shooting guard at age 35. He’s far from an elite player these days, of course, but he gave the Bulls 18.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists per night.