Alijah Martin Transfers to Florida Gators for 2024-25 Season

Alijah Martin, a key player in FAU's Final Four run, transfers to Florida Gators, bolstering their roster as they rebuild for the upcoming season.

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Alijah Martin Transfers to Florida Gators for 2024-25 Season

Alijah Martin Transfers to Florida Gators for 2024-25 Season

Alijah Martin, a former guard for the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Owls, has announced his transfer to the University of Florida Gators for the 2024-25 season. Martin was a key player in helping the Owls reach the 2023 NCAA Final Four, where they ultimately fell to the eventual champions.

During FAU's noteworthy run to the 2023 Final Four, Martin averaged 13.4 points and 5.3 rebounds, shooting 43.8% overall and 37.2% from beyond the arc. He was named to the all-tournament team for his impressive performances. In the 2023-24 season with FAU, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound guard averaged 13.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.6 assists, shooting 41.4% from the field and 33.8% from 3-point range.

Martin cited his desire to stay in the South and play in the SEC, the strongest conference in America, as well as the opportunity to be a primary ball handler and compete for a national title at a program known for developing NBA talent, as reasons for his decision to join the Gators. "I chose Florida to stay in the South, play in the SEC, and have a chance to be a primary ball handler and compete for a national title at a program known for developing NBA talent," Martin said.

Why this matters: Martin's transfer to Florida marks a significant addition to the Gators' roster as they look to build on their own successful season. His experience and talent are expected to bolster the Gators' lineup and contribute to their aspirations for the upcoming campaign.

The Gators have been rapidly rebuilding their roster, adding transfers such as Rueben Chinyelu from Washington State and Sam Alexis from Chattanooga. Martin will be joining Walter Clayton in the Gators' backcourt, and the team has also added transfers to bolster their frontcourt depth. The addition of Martin gives the Gators a proven and productive presence in their backcourt as they look to rebuild their roster for the upcoming season.

Martin's decision to transfer to Florida comes after the departure of FAU coach Dusty May to Michigan, which led to a mass exodus from the FAU roster. With Martin's move, all three of FAU's top scorers from the 2022-23 season are now gone. The Gators are still looking to add a point guard to their roster for the upcoming season and have three remaining scholarship spots.

Key Takeaways

  • Alijah Martin, former FAU guard, transfers to the University of Florida for 2024-25 season.
  • Martin helped FAU reach the 2023 NCAA Final Four, averaging 13.4 points and 5.3 rebounds.
  • Martin cited desire to stay in the South, play in the SEC, and compete for a national title.
  • Martin's transfer marks a significant addition to the Gators' roster as they rebuild for 2023-24.
  • FAU has lost all three of its top scorers from 2022-23 season, including Martin's departure.