West Virginia University women’s basketball coach Mike Carey announced Tuesday the addition of forward Esmery Martinez (Hato Mayor Del Ray, Dominican Republic/Hamilton Heights Academy) to the Mountaineer roster for the upcoming season.
A 6-2 forward from Hato Mayor Del Ray in the Dominican Republic, Martinez comes to Morgantown after a standout prep career at national powerhouse Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Under the direction of coach Keisha Hunt, Martinez averaged 18.3 points, 14.3 rebounds and 5.9 blocks per game during her career with the Hawks. She helped the program finish as the runner-up at the 2018 Geico High School Nationals Tournament, earning all-tournament team honors for her performance. In 2017, Martinez was named the MVP of the girls’ camp of Basketball Without Borders Americas.
“We are thrilled that Esmery has decided to join our program,” Carey said. “Her unique skill set allows her to score the basketball in a number of ways. Offensively she is skilled and can stretch the defense with her ability to shoot the basketball. Her length, size and foot speed will really help us on the defensive end of the floor. She plays the game with extreme passion and plays very hard, and I love that about her. She will have a great career here.”
Martinez capped her prep career rated as the No. 49 overall player by espnW and ranks at No. 8 in the nation among post players. Additionally, she came in at No. 25 overall by the All-Star Girls Report and was No. 16 at her position by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report.
Martinez brings a wealth of international experience as well. She has represented the Dominion Republic as a member of the junior national team and averaged 8.8 points and 5.3 rebounds at the 2018 FIBA Caribbean Women’s Championship.
The daughter of Grece Dahiana Martinez, Martinez is undecided on a major.
That makes 13 on the current roster, and all are on scholarship. That looks to be the women’s final total this year, two short of the maximum of 15.
Expecting a walk-on to also be added to the roster as classes get underway.
What about the girl who put her name in the transfer portal?
Correa is not on the roster, so looks like she is gone.
Never realized that womens hoop team could have 15 on scholarship. Thanks for that bit of knowledge, Kevin! 😁
Seems like a pretty big recruit for this late in the recruiting cycle… top 50 player. Maybe I’m just not familiar with WBB recruiting.
DI .. 13 for men 15 for women
DII .. 10 for men and women
DIII .. No sports schollies. Academic only.