NORMAL — It appears there will be a Senior Day for Illinois State's basketball team this season after all.

Redbird coach Dan Muller announced Wednesday that 6-foot, 175-pound guard Jerron Martin, a graduate transfer from Texas Southern, has enrolled at ISU and will be eligible immediately.

Martin, who will wear uniform No. 24, will be the only senior on the Redbirds' roster.

“He will give us added depth at the guard position," said Muller. "We look forward to getting to work with him on the court while helping him earn his master’s degree here at Illinois State.”

The Redbirds return Keyshawn Evans, Madison Williams and Matt Hein in the backcourt from last season's 28-7 squad that won a share of the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title. They also have added junior college transfer William Tinsley of Colfax, freshman point guard Elijah Clarance and redshirt freshman Isaac Gassman. 

ISU will be the fourth college for Martin, a native of Prince George’s County, Md.

Martin spent the last two seasons with Texas Southern, where he was a teammate of former Redbird Zach Lofton. Martin started three of 21 games as a redshirt sophomore, averaging 3.1 points, 1.0 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game while shooting 40.7 percent from the field.

Last season, Martin played only four games and scored six points as Texas Southern advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Martin started his collegiate career at Mississippi, but played only two games as a freshman and received a medical redshirt. ISU will play at Ole Miss on Dec. 16.

After leaving Ole Miss, Martin went to South Plains (Texas) Junior College for a season before joining Texas Southern.

Martin averaged 18.4 points per game during his senior season at Princeton Day School, setting the school’s all-time double-double record.

Follow Jim Benson on Twitter: @Pg_Benson


Sports Writer for The Pantagraph.

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