KU basketball nets Missouri Southern transfer Cam Martin

Versatile big's 25 points per game paced MIAA last season

Matt Galloway
Topeka Capital-Journal
Missouri Southern's Cam Martin, left, fights for positioning with Washburn's Tyler Nelson during a Feb. 6, 2020 contest at Lee Arena. A three-time Division II All-American, Martin on Wednesday announced he will transfer to Kansas.

LAWRENCE — Kansas basketball’s offseason roster transformation isn’t slowing down.

The Jayhawks on Wednesday secured a transfer commitment from Cam Martin, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound forward/center who just completed his senior season at Missouri Southern. A Yukon, Okla., native who also spent time at Jacksonville State, Martin last season led the MIAA in scoring (25 points per game) and was second in the conference in rebounding (9.1 per game).

Martin chose the Jayhawks over offers from Texas, Colorado State, Creighton, Georgetown, UNLV and Stenson. He announced via social media his decision to take advantage of his extra year of eligibility at KU.

"It has been an unbelievable three years being able to honor and represent (Missouri Southern)," Martin wrote. "With this being said, I am super excited to announce that I will be attending the University of Kansas next year. I am honored to be able to represent a university with so much amazing tradition, and to be able to play in front of Jayhawk nation is a dream come true. I can't wait to get started."

Topeka-area readers may recognize Martin’s name thanks to his exploits against another local program — he erupted for 46 points with nine made 3s during an NCAA Division II Tournament opening-round contest against Washburn on March 16, 2019, helping the Lions edge the Ichabods 101-100. Martin also accounted for 40 points and nine rebounds in a 91-87 victory over WU on Feb. 6, 2020, and notched 28 points and 14 boards in an 89-80 win over the Ichabods on Feb. 25, 2021.

Martin finished the 2020-21 season second in the MIAA in shooting percentage (57.9%) and 16th in free-throw shooting percentage (73.8%). Martin’s coach at Missouri Southern was former Jayhawk standout Jeff Boschee, and like Boschee, Martin showed a knack for the long-range shot — the standout big hit 23 of 49 attempts from 3-point range in his final campaign with the Lions, good for a 44.5% clip on those tries.

A three-time Division II All-American — twice as a second-team pick, once as a third-team honoree — Martin also contributed 3.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 1 block per contest in 2020-21. Another former Jayhawk, WU coach Brett Ballard, earlier this season labeled Martin "the best big guy in Division II."

Martin joins prep prospects KJ Adams (four-star forward), Zach Clemence (four-star forward) and Bobby Pettiford (three-star guard) and junior college transfer Sydney Curry (three-star forward) as incoming players for KU, which has one remaining scholarship on hand.

Muscadin enters transfer portal

Gethro Muscadin, a 6-10, 220-pound freshman forward out of Gonaives, Haiti, on Wednesday became the third Jayhawk this week to enter the transfer portal, the program announced. Muscadin played just 32 total minutes across 11 appearances during his inaugural season with KU, averaging 0.2 points and 0.8 rebounds.

“We recruited Gethro to come in and be a contributor for us over time,” KU coach Bill Self said in a news release. “He certainly got better daily during practice and was a terrific practice player. With the rules being such, with guys getting the year back, Gethro sees it’s in his best interest to look into some other opportunities and we totally support and agree with that decision. 

“If he continues to progress, gets stronger and keeps his athletic ability like it is now, he’s going to be a really good player. We certainly wish him the very best and know that he will be successful and he knows that we’ll always cheer for him.”

Fellow Jayhawk reserves Tyon Grant-Foster and Tristan Enaruna also entered the transfer portal earlier this week, making way for the additions of Martin and Pettiford to the 2021-22 roster.