Rochelle Township High School senior Landan Martin broke out as one of the Interstate 8 Conference’s top players this past basketball season. The 6-foot-1 guard will be taking his talents to the collegiate level, and he’ll be staying close to home as well.
Martin recently signed with the Kishwaukee College men’s basketball program, and he’ll be one of three Rochelle graduates suiting up for the Kougars next season. A two-year varsity player for the Hubs, Martin earned All-Conference First Team recognition from the Interstate 8 as a senior, averaging a team-high 16.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game at RTHS.
“I’m looking forward to experiencing basketball at a higher level and playing with more pace,” Martin said. “Playing for RTHS helped me prepare for the college level. We played with a lot of pace, which is something I will see more of in college. Kishwaukee College is a very affordable school and it has both good academics and a good basketball program.”
Martin began his career at RTHS his sophomore year, helping the Hub sophomore team win the Plano Christmas Classic and compile a 21-5 record. He became a starting varsity guard his junior season, averaging 9.2 points and 1.6 steals per game.
As a senior, Martin shined with multiple high-scoring efforts including a career-best 34 points in a win over Morris and a 27-point outburst in the team's season-opener against Belvidere. Martin said he’s undecided on what he will be studying while attending Kishwaukee College.
“Landan had a wonderful year for us,” Rochelle head coach Tim Thompson said. “I was so proud of the way he grew over his last three years here. He was one of the best players in our conference and he was extremely consistent all season. His leadership was one of the reasons for our success this past year. I can’t wait to watch him continue his career collegiately.”