Kenyon Martin Jr. won't wind up as the No. 1 overall pick like his dad was 20 years ago, but he's one step closer in following Kenyon Martin Sr.'s professional footsteps.
Martin Jr., a 6-foot-7 wing, declared for the NBA Draft on Tuesday, announcing the decision on Instagram. Martin Jr. played this past season at IMG Academy in Florida, opting for a year of prep school instead of playing at Vanderbilt.
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Kenyon Martin Jr. (4) drives to the basket during the first quarter against La Cañada High during the semifinals of the La Cañada High Tournament in 2017. (Photo: Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports)
"I appreciate everyone who has supported me and my decisions is up to this point. There was a lot of hate and doubt about my journey but I feel I’ve done what was best for me and now is the time to take the next step which is to Declare for the 2020 NBA Draft," he wrote. "It has been a lifelong dream of mine and I will continue to work day by day to prove to myself and everyone that this is where I belong."
He averaged 20 points and eight rebounds this season, according to ESPN.
Martin Jr. played his high school ball at Sierra Canyon in California, with Scottie Pippen Jr., son of the Chicago Bulls' six-time champion. The sons of LeBron James (Bronnie) and Dwyane Wade (Zaire) were on the team this year.
The New Jersey Nets took Kenyon Martin Sr. with the top pick in the 2000 Draft out of Cincinnati. The elder Martin spent 15 years in the league and earned an All-Star nod.
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