Twins say good-bye to NCSU

Published 9:56 am Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Martin twins’ careers at N.C. State are abruptly over. Caleb and Cody Martin announced on March 24 that they are transferring.

“It definitely was not an easy decision for us, but we feel that it’s best that we move on,” Cody said in a statement released by the school.

“We wanted to say thank you to WPN (Wolfpack Nation) and all of the great memories that will be with us forever, but we think it is best for us to move on,” Caleb said in the school’s release. “We couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to play at such a great school and we will forever be thankful.”

The Martins got plenty of playing time during their sophomore seasons, which saw the Wolfpack finish 16-17 overall and fail to reach the postseason. Caleb, a 6-7, 215-pound wing, averaged 11.5 points and started 19 games. Cody Martin, a 6-7, 210-pound guard/forward, started the final 16 games and averaged 6 points and 4.4 rebounds. Caleb averaged 30.5 minutes and Cody 25.8. Caleb and Cody were the Nos. 4-5 scorers on the team, respectively.

State coach Mark Gottfried told The News & Observer: “Through a series of honest, thoughtful and somewhat surprising conversations we have had in the days since our season ended, Caleb and Cody have informed me of their desire to explore options that they believe are in both of their best interest. While I don’t share all of their views, I have certainly come to understand and respect the unique dynamic and special bond that exists between identical twins, especially when they play the same sport for the same team. I enjoyed coaching them over the past two years.”

Their stepfather, Jared Eure, told the Observer that “they felt like they didn’t fit into the offensive scheme. They loved playing at N.C. State and in the ACC, but ultimately they wanted to try something different.”

Eure said they plan to transfer to the same school. They will most likely have to sit out next year.

“They want to take this chance to improve and work on their game,” Eure told The Observer. “The recruiting process starts all over again.”

Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and VCU recruited the Mocksville twins out of high school. They played for Davie for three years, transferring to Oak Hill for their senior seasons. Eure said they haven’t been in contact with any other school and they hope to make a decision by the end of April.

“I just want to say thank you to my coaches first off, for even giving me an opportunity to play here,” Cody said in the school’s release. “I want to thank my teammates and I wish nothing but the best for them, the coaching staff and this program. We also want to thank the fans of WPN for all the support they have given both of us.”