Men's basketball continues four-game road trip when they head to Saint Mary's on Jan. 29.
Damian Martin is in his fourth year at LMU after serving a medical redshirt year in 2005-06. He was on the list of possible players to represent Australia in the next summer Olympics and at the last World Championships. Missed last season due to a ruptured Achillies tendon while playing with the national team.
2005-06 Season at LMU:
Served his medical redshirt season and did not play on the season.
2004-05 at LMU:
Similar to his first season, Martin proved to be a work horse for the Lions, averaging more than 26 minutes a game while ranking among the conference leaders in steals, finishing the season ranked fourth in the WCC with 1.75 steals per game. He finished as the team leader with 49 steals while averaging 3.8 points per game and 3.4 rebounds. He added 86 assists with just 41 turnovers after opening the season with 17 minutes played in win over Monmouth (11-20-04), scoring four points with three assists. He became the fourth player to lead team in rebounding on the season with six in win over Denver (12-1-04). He added three points and four assists in 21 minutes. Came back to score five points in the victory over Long Beach State (12-4-04), all at the free throw line as he went 5-for-6. Continue to log minutes with 26 minutes off the bench with nine points and three assists against Washington (12-12-04). Had another 26 minutes off the bench at Virginia (12-23-04), leading the team with five assists with two steals, two points and four rebounds. In the win over Northern Arizona (12-29-04), he played 38 minutes with three assists, four rebounds, three points and a steal. Went over 30 minutes a week later with 33 minutes at Minnesota (1-3-05), going for six points with five rebounds, five assists, four steals and just one turnover. In WCC-opener against USF (1-7-05), he led team with 33 minutes, scoing five points, six assists, five rebounds, a block and two steals. Two days later against San Diego (1-9-05) he played 33 minutes with three points, a rebound, four assists and a steal. His stellar play continued with 33 minutes, scoring two points with season-high seven assists and a career-high eight rebounds at Gonzaga (1-13-05). Finished that game with just one turnover. Minutes continued to go up as he played 34 minutes with six points, four assists, three steals and three rebounds against Saint Mary's (1-22-05). In the rematch against USF (2-5-05) he was a little of everything, playing 29 minutes with six points, seven rebounds, two assists and equaled season-best with four steals. Came back and played 34 minutes in start with seven rebounds, five points, four assists and two steals with no turnovers against Gonzaga (2-12-05). He finished the season with a career-high 15 points with three assists, three rebounds and two steals against Pepperdine (3-4-05)... went 6-for-9 from the field and 2-for-2 from long range.
2003-04 at LMU:
in his first season with LMU Martin was named to the WCC All-Freshman team and was just the second freshman in LMU history to earn WCC honors. He was third on the team in minutes played with 29.1and in 29 games he averaged 4.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while earning 87 assists and 44 steals (including a career-best six against USF). He was ranked sixth in the WCC in steals and 12th in assists while setting a career-high with 13 points against UCLA. His assist total ranked third all-time among freshman in LMU history and the most by a freshman since Terrell Lowery had 93 in 1988-89. Numbers continued to climb as his steal total is the best all-time by a freshman in LMU history. His freshman records also include: third in assists per game (3.0), ninth in rebounding (98), and 12th in rebounds per game (3.4). His career started with 23 minutes off the bench with scored six points against UC Riverside (11-21-03). In that game he added four rebounds with no turnovers. He played 28 minutes off the bench with five points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals against CS Northridge (11-25-03). In 20 minutes he went 3-of-7 from the field and scored a then career-best six points in win over Binghamton (11-29-03). Career-best continued to come with a career-high nine points in 19 minutes off the bench in Mohegan Sun Championship win over CCSU (11-30-03). He added career-best seven rebounds and a steal. He then earned his first collegiate start playing 26 minutes in win over Cal Poly (12-3-03) , going for five rebounds, six assists and two steals. He played 30 minutes in second start against UNLV (12-6-03), equaling a career-best seven rebounds with six points and three steals. Impressive start to freshman season continued with career-best 13 points while leading team with 37 minutes at UCLA (12-13-03). He fouled out in overtime, adding three assists and two rebounds while going 5-for-6 from the field. He then played 34 minutes in the start against Denver (12-16-03), scoring two points with four assists, a block and two steals. In 22 minutes against Virginia (12-19-03) he scored seven points on 3-for-4 shooting, scored six points with seven assists and a block in start at Long Beach State (12-23-03) and played 33 minutes with four points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals at CS Fullerton (12-30-03). He then finished with seven points five rebounds, three assists and two steals in win over Colgate (1-2-04). In WCC opener against Gonzaga (1-10-04) he played 36 minutes with six points, three assists and a steal. Two nights later he played 39 minutes with four points, five assists, two steals and a rebound against Portland (1-12-04). In start against USF (1-29-04) had two assists with six steals to equal a freshman record in 35 minutes. he also scored six points with three assists, four rebounds and a steal in 29 minutes. Hit two three-pointers in win over Saint Mary's (1-31-04), played 33 minutes off the bench in win over Santa Clara (2-12-04) with five points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals. In win over Saint Mary's (2-26-04), played 25 minutes with six points and a rebound. In first-round win over Portland (3-5-04) he had three points, three assists, two rebounds and a block.
Played for the Australian Institute of Sport, which is similar to the prep schools in the United States... played in hometown of Gloucester, NSW before joining AIS... was selected to play for Australia's junior national team in the 2003 World Championships held in Thessaloniki, Greece, July 10-20... was team captain of World team, leading Australia to the Gold Medal, including a win over the USA... led the team with 34 minutes a game in his second season with AIS... shot 50 percent from the field (74-of-149) while hitting on 10-of-19 three-pointers... the point guard was second on the team in rebounds with 117 (7.3 per game), first in steals with 29 (1.8 per game) and third in assists with 56 (3.5 per game)... has played on three NSW Provincial teams, including the under-16 team in 1999, under-18 team in 2000 and 2001, and the under-20 team in 2002 and 2003... was a member of the All-Australian Junior Camp in 2001 and 2002, while playing in the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Tournament and the Australian Junior Men's Team Oceania Qualification Series in 2002... went to Gloucester High School from 1997-2001 and Lake Ginninderra High School in 2002.
Damian Patrick Martin was born on Sept. 5, 1984 in Gloucester, NSW, Australia... he is the son of Anne and Raymond Martin... has three brothers, Daniel, John and Anthony and one sister, Beth...an Elementary Education major... also played rugby in high school.
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