Team preview: Western Carolina
Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2004-05 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.
This doesn't happen often to Southern Conference basketball schools, but it happened at Western Carolina last spring-a player left early for the NBA draft.
Forward Kevin Martin, one of the nation's top scorers the last three seasons who netted 24.9 points per game a year ago, decided to take his chances in the NBA, or rather, in the draft itself. The 6-7, 185-pounder wavered until the last minute, almost literally, on whether to pull his name from the draft and stay in school for a senior season.