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April 9, 2008Boilermaker sophomore-to-be Scott Martin, a fourth of Purdue's heralded 2007-08 freshman class, is transferring, the school announced Wednesday night.
The move became apparent earlier in the day, when the 6-foot-8 forward was missing from the team's first set of off-season workouts in Mackey Arena.
As he dealt with nagging injuries and an inconsistent shooting, Martin was surrounded virtually all season by rumors of his impending departure, particularly after he left the team briefly in December, only to return days later.
Martin played in 32 of Purdue's games, missing two because of an ankle injury. He started eight times during the non-conference season.
Despite his shooting woes - he shot just 37 percent, 31 from three-point range - Martin finished fourth on the team in scoring at 8.5 points per game. He was the team's third-leading rebounder, at 3.8. His 112 free throw attempts were a team-high.
He played some of his best basketball toward the end of the season.
Out of high school, the Valparaiso native, a high school teammate of Robbie Hummel and AAU teammate of Hummel and E'Twaun Moore, was a consensus top-100 player nationally, before choosing Purdue over offers from Indiana, Michigan, Texas, Maryland and a host of others.
Valparaiso University has been speculated to be Martin's next stop of choice, though during the season, he denied thoughts of transferring back to his hometown school.
Martin's departure leaves Purdue with a third open scholarship to possibly be used this spring.
With one of Purdue's more productive rebounders gone, the need to find some rebounding help this spring would seem compounded.
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