Remy Martin first made a name for himself in the basketball scene after suiting up for Arizona State from 2017-21.
Though he has established himself as a premier scorer with the Sun Devils, the team really didn’t have enough to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament. They’ve won only one game in three March Madness appearances.
Everything changed when he surprisingly decided to transfer to Kansas in his fifth and final year of playing in the collegiate ranks. His one-and-done season with the Jayhawks didn’t have the best of starts since he was no longer the first option on offense this time around.
His individual numbers also regressed but he was nonetheless contributing to a team that has been playing like a solid title contender since the start of the season.
The bold move to transfer finally paid its dividends for the 23-year-old playmaker after the Jayhawks pulled off a huge 76-50 victory over Miami to advance to the Final Four.
Against the Hurricanes, Martin was limited to only nine points, six rebounds, and two assists in 24 minutes of action. However, his performance all throughout the tournament led him to be named as the Midwest Regional MVP after averaging 16.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.2 assists in four games played.
In his most humble self, the Filipino-American guard deflected the credit and claimed that it was his peers that did the work to help get him where he is today.
“Obviously it feels great, but it was really my teammates and coaches sticking with me through ups and downs, and just instilling more confidence in me,” he told the media.
“It’s all credit to them.”
Martin also admitted that he wasn’t expecting to earn the recognition. He continued to praise the rest of his team for the achievement.
“I didn’t really know that I won. When they said my name, I didn’t know that’s what it was for. I have the greatest teammates around me, greatest coaches… I mean, what more can I ask for?”
He joined teammates David McCormack and Christian Braun on the all-regional team, together with Miami’s Kameron McGusty and Providence’s Aljami Durham.
Job’s not yet done for Martin and the Jayhawks as they will try to extend their tournament lives. They take on second-seeded Villanova on April 2, Saturday (Manila Time) at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.