Going Pro: “Hidden gem” Tynice Martin set for Friday’s WNBA Draft

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Tynice Martin’s long and storied career at West Virginia came to an abrupt end in March, but not before she got the attention of the WNBA.

The Atlanta native finished her Mountaineer career averaging 15.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game as she climbed to the fourth spot on the Mountaineers’ all-time scoring list. In her five seasons at West Virginia, she left quite the impression on her coach, Mike Carey.

“[Tynice] will go down as one of the top players to ever play at West Virginia,” he said ahead of her final game for the Mountaineers.

Martin played a very pro-style game on the offensive end, showing off a tendency to score off the isolation with her quick first step and capable jump shot, while also leading her team on the defensive end as well. Her stock takes a hit, however, from her 38.7-percent career field goal percentage — which was brought down by her senior year in which she made just 36 percent of her shots.

Despite the woes in her field goal percentage, her offensive talent is clear — and pundits point to her career-high 86.2-percent clip from the charity stripe as a sign of her high offensive ceiling.

“Combining the eye test, an 86.2 percent free-throw rate and how much her coach, Mike Carey, clearly appreciates her effort level, it’s understandable why the guard’s talents could become more effective at the professional level,” wrote Bleacher Report’s Theo Salaun, labeling Martin as a “hidden gem” in this year’s draft.

While she is universally projected to get passed on in the first round, but will likely get selected in the second round. Here is where the experts have Martin going on Friday:

  • DraftSite.com: Round 2, Pick 19 – Seattle Storm
  • Michelle Voepel, ESPN.com: Round 2, Pick 20 – Los Angeles Sparks
  • Ben Dull, BBall-Index.com: Round 2, Pick 23 – Connecticut Sun
    • Despite having her slip to the end of the second round, Dull pits Martin as a top-20 prospect in the draft due to her “ability to make tough shots,” however adding that she is “very reliant on jumpers.”
  • Megan Gauer, Her Hoops Stats: Second round
    • Gauer notes that Martin’s free throw percentage was among the best in the country, while seldom turning the ball over.
  • John McGraw, Inside Exposure Media: Round 3, Pick 26 – New York Liberty
  • Howard Megdal, High Post Hoops: Round 2, Pick 15 – Dallas Wings

The 2020 WNBA Draft will be held on Friday, with ESPN’s coverage starting at 7 p.m. ET.

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