Friday, May 20, 2011
Potential New Knight: Dmitry Martynenko jr. F/C 6-8
Those Gannon fans frustrated with the lack of size in Gannon's recruiting class will be overjoyed that the PSAC Letter of Intent webpage says the Knights have signed 6-foot-8 Dmitry Martynenko. The big man, who hails from Moscow, Russia, comes to Gannon from Kirtland Community College in Michigan. I don't know how much he weighs, but judging from the photo here, I'd guess about 250 pounds. And judging from this KCC team photo, he's all of 6-foot-8. Here's more info on Matrynenko:
* Named to the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) All-Conference 1st Team and All Region Team after both his freshman (2009-10) and sophomore (2010-11) seasons
* This past season led the Firebirds in both points (15.9 avg) and rebounds (9.2 avg)
* Shot 48.4% from the field, including 14-of-39 on threes, and 77.6% from the free throw line (128-for-165). The only blemish on his stat line is averaging 2.4 turnovers a game.
* NJCAA Division II Kirtland finished the season 18-11, losing in the District tournament
* Registered a game-high 31 points and 10 rebounds in a 73-67 win over conference rival Oakland Community College
* Decked Delta College with a stat line of 26 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals
* Here's how the media reported on his efforts in Kirtland's win over Grand Rapids CC, the #5 team in the country: "The Raiders had no answer for Kirtland sophomore forward-center Dmitry Martynenko, who torched Grand Rapids for a game-high 28 points. That included knocking down 14-of-15 free throws. Martynenko also ripped down a team-best 14 rebounds and had 1 assist and 1 blocked shot."
* Tallied 20 points and 12 rebounds in a 69-58 victory over Macomb Community College
* Had 19 points and 9 rebounds in a win over Schoolcraft College. If you want to know Schoolcraft's awesome nickname, click here.
* Posted 18 points and 11 boards vs. Alpena CC
* Here's another action photo of Martynenko.
This was how the Kirtland sports info department summarized his freshman season:
Martynenko had a huge impact, leading KCC’s mens team in the three categories –- scoring (15.5 points), rebounds (8.1) and blocked shots (0.8). And he recorded 1.2 assists and 0.5 steals per game for Kirtland (9-19 overall, 5-11 conference).
He also showed his versatility, hitting from both inside and outside. For the season, Martynenko connected on 54.2% of his shots from the floor and 65% from the charity stripe. But the 6-8 center often surprised opponents by stepping outside, where he was able to knock down 32.9% (18-of-56) from beyond the three-point line.
“Dmitry had a very solid season for us, especially considering the following factors -- we were an all-freshmen team, we relied heavily on him to produce for us offensively, and the fact he had to adjust to not only playing basketball here in the United States but also had to adjust to the lifestyle here,” said Firebirds men's head coach Ty McGregor. “We look forward to his further development next season and are proud of the success he is having in the classroom, as well.”
For all his efforts, Martynenko received First-Team, all-conference honors and was selected to the MCCAA’s All-Freshman team. He was also invited to the conference’s mens all-star game in Jackson, tallying 9 points and 4 rebounds for the Eastern Division in its 147-142 loss to the Western Division.