OVERALL GRADE: A
Points Per Game: 6.3 (4th on the team)
Field Goal Percentage: 53.6 (1st)
Rebounds Per Game: 5.7 (2nd)
Blocks Per Game: 2.5 (1st)
Isn’t it fun when your favorite team’s two best players are freshmen? And not only that, but good freshmen… that are getting better right before our eyes. We touched on the awesomeness that is E.C. Matthews yesterday, and now here’s a look at the other half of Rhode Island’s A-10 All-Rookie Team duo. And the other half of #ECtoHass.
If you’re looking for a player that just got better and better as the year went on, Hassan Martin is that guy. A quick compare of his mid-season stats versus his final stats tells the whole story. Hassan went from being the eighth leading scorer on the team to the fourth. He also jumped six spots in field goal percentage, five spots in rebounds, and more that doubled his team-leading block total. Oh, and his 2.5 swats per game was also tops in the entire Atlantic 10. No big deal.
Based on the numbers, there might not be a better Rhody front court player than Martin. He ranks amongst the top four on the team in the major “big man” categories. But URI fans also saw Hassan developing a bit of a jump shot this season. He wasn’t super consistent with hitting it (or even shooting it, for that matter), but there were some flashes of what could come. If Hassan can add that kind of versatility to his game, there won’t be many big men in the A-10 that will be able to stop him.