Last evening, Colorado State wing Kris Martin announced via Twitter that he would continue his playing career with the Oklahoma Sooners. According to a report from Ryan Aber of The Oklahoman, that isn’t exactly set in stone at this point.
“Sources close to the program told The Oklahoman that despite the Sooners’ inquiries into Martin and interest, OU hadn’t decided whether or not to pull the trigger on an offer.
Part of Oklahoma’s continuing work to vet Martin includes the question over whether or not he’d be eligible immediately.” — Ryan Aber, The Oklahoman
To catch you up on said eligibility concerns; Martin played two seasons at Oral Roberts before transferring to Colorado State, where he sat out the 2017-18 season due to transfer rules. If he were to transfer again without graduating or receiving a waiver from the NCAA, he would have to sit out another year and lose a season of eligibility. In other words, it’s easy to see why Oklahoma is doing its due diligence before officially offering this guy a scholarship.
One thing that could potentially work in Martin’s favor (as far as a waiver is concerned) is the fact that Colorado State and former head coach Larry Eustachy parted ways (to put it generously) at the conclusion of the season. There’s precedent for a waiver there, but those are determined on a case-by-case basis at this point and are not terribly easy to come by (Note: a rule was actually proposed back in January that would allow it in most situations). If things were to go in his favor, Martin — who was also granted a full release by the school — would have two seasons of eligibility remaining. If not (or if OU isn’t confident in his chances), one would imagine that OU would move on to other options. This is obviously an awkward situation, so hopefully the parties are able to resolve this.
Before sitting out at Colorado State, Martin averaged 13.2 PPG and connected on over 40 percent of his three-point attempts as a sophomore at ORU in 2016-17.