NC State sophomore guards and brothers, Caleb and Cody Martin, announced on Thursday that they will be transferring from the school.
Via Bret Strelow of the Fayetteville Observer, the Martins, along with NC State head coach Mark Gottfried talked about the decision:
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From NC State, quotes from Gottfried and both Martins on their decision to transfer: https://t.co/9QtiE43PTk3/24/2016, 5:34:41 PM
The class of 2014 duo committed to the Wolfpack in 2012 where they were ranked the 34th and 35th-best prospects in ESPN's 60, according to ESPN.com's Dave Telep.
After limited freshmen seasons, both Martin brothers appeared in all 33 games for the Wolfpack this year. Caleb averaged 11.5 points per game in 30.5 minutes, while Cody added 6.0 in five less minutes per game.
NC State struggled in a 16-17 season that saw it finish 13th in the ACC with a conference record of 5-13.
The Martins were set to be heavily involved in NC State's future plans, especially after starting point guard Cat Barber declared for the NBA draft.
“We were able to plan for this,” Gottfried told Strelow. “I think Cody showed he can play some (point guard) here and there. ... With Cody and Caleb (Martin), I just think we’re in a much different place going into next year.”
The Wolfpack still have Torin Dorn, Terry Henderson and Maverick Rowan to keep the backcourt afloat, but having the Martins leave the school does hurt the team's depth.
Rowan was the only guard outside the Martins to see regular playing time. He was tied for second on the team with 12.9 points per game. Dorn transferred from Charlotte before the 2015 season while Henderson, a West Virginia transfer, appeared in just one game due to an ankle injury.
This means that NC State's backcourt will have something to prove next season. Unfortunately it'll be in an ACC that is dominated by the likes of North Carolina, Duke, Virginia, Louisville, Miami and Notre Dame so NC State will be further behind the eight ball than usual.
The brothers did not mention or disclose what schools they will look at moving forward as they have two more years of eligibility remaining.
Stats courtesy of ESPN.com