AUDIO: Central’s Martin Makes it Official with K-State
Mike Hammett - November 14, 2013 10:32 am
Salina Central’s Shaelyn Martin has known for quite some time she wants to be a Kansas State Wildcat.
On Wednesday, Martin made it official, signing her National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Kansas State. Martin celebrated her signing with family and friends in a ceremony at Salina Central on Thursday.
Martin verbally committed to Kansas State ahead of her sophomore basketball season, but knew well before that she wanted to play for the Wildcats. When the ‘Cats won the Big 12 title in 2004, Martin was sold.
“I turned to my mom, and I’m probably 10 or nine (years old), and I go, ‘I’m so going to play here some day,’” Martin said. “Of course, she thinks I’m crazy. But it’s amazing that it actually came true.”
There are family connections to K-State for Martin as well, as her father attended school at KSU and her brother is currently attending KSU.
“It’s great to say that I am a Wildcat,” Martin said. “I’ve been a part of it for the past couple of years, but now I can say, I am going to be there next year and I’m a part of that team.”
Martin was offered a scholarship as a sophomore after KSU coach Deb Patterson saw Martin play a volleyball match.
“It was kind of funny to me that she came and watched me play volleyball, and then I got a basketball scholarship,” Martin said. “I got the opportunity that I wanted, and I didn’t want to wait to jump on it.”
Salina Central coach Geoff Andrews says Martin’s signing is great on many levels.
“It’s really exciting for everybody involved,” Andrews said. “Very exciting for Shaelyn and her parents as well. Their hard work has paid off. It’s really exciting for our basketball program as well. To see some of our eighth graders or seventh graders here and the other teammates of Shaelyn’s right now get to see this and know it is possible. Hopefully, in a year or two, or three, four, five, we have a couple other girls doing this. I think it just gives a lot of hope and shows the progress that this basketball program has came a long way.”
While it’s now locked in where Martin will continue her career, she says there’s unfinished business at Salina Central. The Mustangs qualified for state for the first time since 1985 in her sophomore year, but then lost in the sub-state championship game last year.
“We’re really motivated to get to state,” Martin said. “We’re senior loaded this year. We’re not the young team we have been the past couple years. We’ve been playing together since about fourth grade. It’s our time, and it’s our last chance. There’s an urgency. We know we have the capability of doing it, we just have to put our work into it.”
Martin and the Mustangs open the season on December 6 at McPherson.