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2019 Sierra Canyon (CA) PF Kenyon Martin Jr. Commits to Vanderbilt

Martin, of course, is the son of the former #1 overall draft pick and Wooden Award winner.

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At the very least, the fathers of two of Vanderbilt’s basketball players (and its head coach) next season can play.

Kenyon Martin Jr., the 6’6”, 195-pound power forward from Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, CA — also the high school of signee Scotty Pippen Jr. — announced via Twitter on Sunday that he will play basketball for Vanderbilt next season. Martin announced a top four of Vanderbilt, UCLA, TCU, and West Virginia a couple of weeks ago; an impressive list, and one that includes teams coached by his father’s college head coach (Bob Huggins) and assistant coach (Mick Cronin.) The younger Martin is ranked #239 nationally in the 247 Sports composite.

The younger Martin doesn’t quite have his father’s build — that Martin went 6’9” and 235 pounds — but he can sure get up, as seen in his highlight film:

The question here is whether that skill set translates to the SEC. At 6’6” and 195 pounds, Martin is the size of a college wing player, and his nice array of post moves won’t help as much. But it’s a nice addition to a roster that returns just six players from the 2018-19 team, after the last week in which Matt Ryan (Chattanooga) and Yanni Wetzell (San Diego State) both made transfers official. Now, with four freshmen in the fold, Vanderbilt is up to ten scholarship players for next season.