WVU’s Tynice Martin Selected In WNBA Draft
It came almost down to the wire, but West Virginia guard Tynice Martin restarted the Mountaineers’ presence in the WNBA Draft when she was selected with the 10th pick of the third round (34th overall) in the 2020 version of the event, which was held in virtual fashion due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Previous Mountaineers in the draft include Kate Bulger (2004), Yolanda Paige (2005), Olayinka Sanni (2008), Asya Bussie (2014), Bria Holmes (2016), Lanay Montgomery (2017) and Teana Muldrow (2018).
A three-time all Big 12 selection, Martin averaged 15.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game over her four-year career, which was interrupted at its mid-point with a foot injury that kept her out of the 2017-18 season. She shot 38.7% from the field and 33.3% from 3-point range, and had 233 assists and 183 steals in 129 games.
Martin is third all-time in minutes played, and fourth all-time in WVU women’s history in points scored, free throw percentage (82.9%) made shots and made 3-pointers. She was the Big 12 freshman of the year in 2015-16, and a first-team all-leage selection in 2016-17 and 2018-19.
Projected as a player with first round talent, but whose slight drop-off in shooting and productivity as a senior may have hurt her draft position, Martin will nonetheless bring the potential for immediate scoring to the Sparks. Her ability to create space for shots and get them away over defenders is a prized commodity.
“Congratulations to Tynice on being drafted by Los Angeles Sparks,” WVU coach Mike Carey said in a statement released by the school. “It’s well deserved. She had a great career at West Virginia University, and everybody here is very proud of her.”
Martin was the fifth player from the Big 12 selected in the draft, which ran for a total of three rounds and 36 total picks. Seven players in total from the league were selected.
The WNBA, like all professional sports leagues, remains closed due to the pandemic. The league was originally set to begin play on May 15, but no date for a restart of any activity has been set. Martin is working out at her home in Atlanta while awaiting the restart.