Cordova’s Graham Martin signs with Huntingdon College

Sharp-shooter spent season and a half with Blue Devils

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 5/15/17

CORDOVA — Graham Martin came to Cordova midway through his junior year, adding a new element to coach Heath Burns’ squad.

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Cordova’s Graham Martin signs with Huntingdon College

Sharp-shooter spent season and a half with Blue Devils

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CORDOVA — Graham Martin came to Cordova midway through his junior year, adding a new element to coach Heath Burns’ squad.

Now the soon-to-be-graduate is looking to make that same contribution to the Huntingdon Hawks. Martin signed a letter-of-intent with the NAIA school located in Montgomery last week.

At Cordova, Martin started and came off the bench for the Blue Devils, who advanced to the Final Four of the State Basketball Tournament each of the last two years, finishing as runner-up in 2016 and losing to eventual champion Hale County in the semifinals this year.

As a senior, Martin averaged 7.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He picked up his game down the stretch, averaging 10.5 points over his last 11 games. He had his best game against Sheffield, connecting on 8 of 12 three-pointers and finishing with a career high 28 points.

“He came here his junior year right after Christmas,” Burns said. “Graham was our 3-point shooter. He’s also a guy you can count on to do the physical work. He will do the dirty work for you. He was that guy for us, but more than anything he was a leader on the floor.

“I could look at Graham and he knew what was going on during the game more than I did at times. He could relate to me and tell me what was going on and we could change what we were doing. Good players are defined by how they make other kids around them better. He makes his teammates better.”

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Martin said the move to Cordova helped improve his game.

“It helped me in every aspect — as a player, understanding the game and exposure.I loved making the move and I love Cordova,” said Martin, who also gave credit to Burns.

“Coach Burns is the reason I’m signing today. He taught me a lot about the game. He definitely helped me pick up my defense. He just taught me how to become a college player.”

Martin first got in touch with the Huntingdon coaches, including head coach Caleb Kimbrough, over the summer.

“We played at Samford and UAB and coach Kimbrough was there. He started recruiting me right there and I built a great relationship with them. I really love it down there. It’s a beautiful campus and it’s a great fit for me.

“I’m coming in as a shooter, but they want me to also handle the ball a little more. I think I can really contribute to the team.”