MORGANTOWN—Former West Virginia University basketball player Tynice Martin will make Los Angeles her new home in the next few months, as the talented guard was selected in the 3rd Round of the WNBA Draft on Friday after being selected by the LA Sparks with the 34th overall pick.
Martin finished her college career as one of the most decorated Mountaineer players ever, scoring 4,166 career points, the third-most in school history, and scoring 1,980 career points, the fourth-most in school history. She also made two All-Big 12 1st Teams (2017, 2019), while leading the Mountaineers to the Big 12 Championship in 2017.
Recruited out of Atlanta in 2016 after being a 1st Team Class A Player of the Year as a senior at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, she came to WVU and immediately made an impact, averaging 10.3 points per game as a freshman.
For her outstanding season, she became WVU’s second Freshman of the Year in the conference, joining former Mountaineer standout Meg Bulger, who won the same honor in the Big East in 2004.
And over the next three seasons, Martin would score 1,980 points while averaging 15.3 points per game.
As a sophomore, she was an Honorable Mention AP and WBCA All-American, averaging 18.6 points per game for West Virginia.
One of her biggest achievements was when she led the Mountaineers to the Big 12 Championship in 2017 by scoring 32 points and adding four assists and five rebounds in a remarkable 77-66 upset of Baylor, the nation’s #2 team at the time.
In her junior year, she averaged 18 points per game but ran into some off-season legal issues, as she was charged with domestic battery and subsequently suspended by the university, only reinstated when the season was just beginning.
Her scoring averaging fell to 14.5 points per game and her 3-point shooting dropped from 37.9% to 29.0%.
All-in-all, she still went down as one of the Mountaineers’ all-time greats, finishing fourth all-time with 1,980 points and a career free throw shooting percentage of 82.86, also fourth all-time.
“There’s no doubt that she’ll go down as one of the top players to ever play here at West Virginia,” said WVU head coach Mike Carey.