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Kenyon Martin Jr. To Skip Vanderbilt And Go The Pro Basketball Route

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Doesn’t look like Martin Jr. will be following in his father’s footsteps.

Kenyon Martin was a monster at Cincinnati, yanking down rims and swatting shots for the Bearcats.

His son, Kenyon Martin Jr., had the chance to follow in his Dad’s footsteps, but today we’re learning that that might not become a reality as his son is looking at pro ball, not college.

According to 247Sports, who first broke the news about the 6-foot-6, 195-pound power forward, Martin Jr. wants to pursue his options at the professional level. Influenced by the decision of RJ Hampton, who last week announced that he would be headed to New Zealand to play for the New Zealand Breakers of the Australian PBL, Martin made his mind up and informed Vanderbilt, who he had committed to in early May, of his decision.

In his senior year at Chatsworth (California) Sierra Canyon, he averaged 16.7 points and 9.8 rebounds, helping the team to a 32-3 record and a CIF Open Division Championship. Although he’s decided to go the pro route, he also told 247Sports that he hasn’t signed a professional offer as of yet.

If he does end up playing professionally, he will miss the opportunity to work with former NBA veteran Jerry Stackhouse, who became the head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores this past April

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