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Points Per Game
 Mike DINUNNO
  Cheshire.
  (180-PG-90)
  Avg: 21
 1. DiNunno, Cheshire.21.0 
 2. Fletcher, Newcastl.20.8 
 3. Sanders, Leeds F.19.3 
 4. Dixon, Plymouth R.18.9 
 5. Hassan, London L.18.6 
 6. Brown, Cheshire P.18.3 
 7. Grady, Plymouth R.18.2 
 8. Walker, Worceste.18.0 
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 10. Cosby, Bristol AF17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maurice WALKER
  Worceste.
  (208-F/C-91)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Walker, Worceste.9.5 
 2. Wroblicky, Sheffiel.8.8 
 3. Hassan, London L.8.5 
 4. Marsden, Leeds F.8.3 
 5. Brown, Cheshire P.8.1 
 6. Williams, Surrey S.8.0 
 7. Achara, Glasgow .7.9 
 8. King, Leicester R.7.8 
 9. Rollins, Surrey S.7.7 
 10. Grady, Plymouth R.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rahmon FLETCHER
  Newcastl.
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Fletcher, Newcastl.6.7 
 2. Taylor, London L.6.2 
 3. Klassen, Worceste.6.2 
 4. Wilcher, Cheshire P.6.0 
 5. Clark, Leicester R.5.8 
 6. Davis, Sheffield S.5.6 
 7. Ali, Bristol AF5.6 
 8. Carter, Plymouth.5.3 
 9. DiNunno, Cheshire.5.2 
 10. Sandoval, Leeds F.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Mike DINUNNO
  Cheshire.
  (180-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. DiNunno, Cheshire.2.9 
 2. Taylor, London L.2.1 
 3. Ali, Bristol AF2.1 
 4. Nicholas, Plymouth R.2.1 
 5. Carter, Plymouth.2.1 
 6. Sandoval, Leeds F.1.9 
 7. Neighbour, Surrey S.1.9 
 8. Anderson, Cheshire.1.9 
 9. Bernardini, Leiceste.1.8 
 10. Kennedy, Worceste.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kieron ACHARA
  Glasgow .
  (208-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Achara, Glasgow .1.8 
 2. May-Thompson, Cheshire.1.5 
 3. Webster, Manchest.1.4 
 4. Martin, Newcastl.1.1 
 5. Allen-Jordan, Cheshire.0.9 
 6. Grady, Plymouth R.0.9 
 7. Thomas, Glasgow .0.9 
 8. Smith, Bristol AF0.9 
 9. Dixon, Plymouth R.0.9 
 10. Brown, Cheshire P.0.8 

Eagles Swoop For Martin - Jul 18, 2013


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JEFF KING
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Scott Martin
EuroBasket had exclusive access to Newcastle Eagles first import signing of the summer, a player who they hope can make the big leap from NCAA basketball in USA to professional basketball in Europe. A rookie professional he may be but Scott Martin (203-G-88, agency: Interperformances) comes with a great pedigree after spending six seasons of college eligibility before joining the professional ranks. Hailing from Indiana the 6 8 guard/forward spent one season at Purdue before switching to Notre Dame.

At Notre Dame as well as being a captain, he started for the last three years of his college career although an injury to his left knee cut short his final season and he hasnt played since January of this year. But, for The BBL to sign a player who started for a top 25 team from the Big East Conference is a real coup for Newcastle and with Scott now fully recovered from his knee injury and getting back to match fitness he gave this exclusive interview to EuroBasket.

First of all how excited are you about becoming a professional basketball player?

Its something that I have always dreamed about so I am definitely excited for the opportunity and ready to get out on the court.

How did you get the news of Newcastles interest and what did you think when told about it?

I got a call from my agent that there was a possibility of interest from Newcastle and I was excited and thankful that a team with the history like that of Newcastle's was interested in me and would give me an opportunity like this.

Did you speak with anybody at Newcastle before signing?

I was able to speak with Fab (Head Coach Fab Flournoy) before signing. It was a very productive conversation that really gave me an inside look into what to expect when playing for him and for Newcastle. It was great to have a conversation like this because it allowed me to be much more comfortable in my decision to sign on.

What persuaded you to join Newcastle?

The opportunity to play for and with a team that can truly help me improve my game was a big factor in my decision and I believe that will happen with Newcastle. Also, I wanted to be in a winning environment and there is no doubt that Newcastle is a winning environment.

Do you know much about the British Basketball League?

Honestly, I do not know a lot as of now. However, I am learning more and more everyday and am impressed and excited to be part of a league of the quality of the BBL.

What do you think you can bring to The Eagles and what are your hopes and expectations for the forthcoming season?

I'm a versatile player so I will be someone that can grind it out in the paint or step out and shoot the 3 depending on match-ups or situations. I am going to be someone that works hard and will do what it takes to win games because that is the most important thing.

You had a great High School career at Valparaiso in Indiana and as a native of Indiana you are obviously steeped in Hoosier tradition. Was it always basketball for you?

Basketball is king in Indiana. To give you an example when I was in 6th grade my AAU team played in roughly 80 games in one season, so needless to say that is all we would do when we were kids. It was always my favourite sport to play and watch and I'm truly lucky to still be able to play it today.

Your first year in college was at Purdue University where you were part of a stellar intake that included Robbie Hummel, ETwaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson. You were known together as The Baby Boilers all being Top 100 recruits. What was that like?

It was fun playing with Rob, E'Twaun and JaJuan. All three are very good players who had great college careers. We had a good team and won a game in the NCAA tournament, but we were young and got beat by a team that was older and more experienced. But I did enjoy spending that year with those guys.

You decided to transfer after one season at Purdue. Why was that and how did Notre Dame come about?

Purdue wasn't the best fit for me on the court, but more importantly my father became ill and I felt I needed to be closer to home to help out. Luckily for me Coach Brey and Notre Dame were still interested in me and it was closer to my home in Valparaiso. It turned out to be one of the decisions I've ever made and I was able to help out my family (my father is doing well now) and play basketball at a great school like Notre Dame.

Because of the transfer regulations in the NCAA you had to sit-out all of 2008/09 and then tore your left ACL in October 2009 meaning you virtually missed two seasons of ball. How tough was that and how did you cope?

Those years were tough, but I had a great support system in my family, friends, and teammates. Everyone was there for me to help me get through it and I'm thankful to all of them for their help in keeping me positive and focused on coming back ready to play at a high level again.

Once in the Notre Dame line-up you quickly became a starter and a vital part of that team. What was your Notre Dame experience like?

It was a great experience. Playing for Coach Brey was truly great and I feel like I learned a lot from him about the game of basketball. I was fortunate enough to have many great teammates and form great friendships with many of them. In addition to basketball I was able to receive a great education from a great school.

You played with some great players at Notre Dame. Last season Jack Cooley and before that Luke Harangody and Tim Abromaitis. Have they helped you in any way?

I was fortunate to play with a lot of great players while I was at Notre Dame. Guys like Jack, Luke and Tim helped me in the sense that they pushed me everyday in practice to be a better player so that we would be a better team.

Tim Abromaitis played in France Pro A with ASVEL last season. Have you spoken to him about playing in Europe?

Tim and I have spoken about playing basketball in Europe and he has given me some great advice about what to expect. The style of play is a bit different than what I am used to but I'm excited to get acclimated to the different style.

You are described as a 6 8 Guard that plays great defence and has a good shooting touch. You have been classed as a leader by team mates and coaches and having an excellent level of knowledge and sense of the game being a real team player. Would you agree with those comments?

I think any time your teammates and coaches call you a leader its a great honour and I am proud of that. But I have been lucky to be surrounded with great people that have allowed me to develop into that type of player. So to answer the question, yes I guess I would agree that is how I try to play the game.

Although you will be classed as a rookie youre coming out of college a lot later than some, do you think the extra years in college will help you adjust?

I believe it will definitely help me because of the amount of basketball I have been involved in at a high level. I've been around great coaches who have taught me a lot about the game and that knowledge will help me adjust.

Big question, hows the knee?

The knee is doing well, I am able to work out everyday and to get ready for the upcoming season and excited to get back into a game situation.

How quickly do you think you can get up to game speed considering you havent played competitively since January of this year?

Unfortunately, I have had to come back from an injury before so that experience will help me get back quicker. Also, as I said earlier the knee feels good now and I am back working out so I should be at game speed when I arrive to start the season.

The level of basketball in England often surprises US players coming in. Do you think youll be ready for it?

I believe I will be ready and I believe the Eagles expect me to be ready as well or they wouldn't have signed me. I am excited to play against the quality of competition and the challenge that comes with it.

Finally, have you a message for the fans in Newcastle?

Just that I am excited to be part of the family and look forward to seeing them often once the season starts.

And after thoughts and words like this from Martin, it would appear that The Eagles will be just as excited to have the Rookie in their ranks for the forthcoming season.  



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