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NMSU Men's Basketball BIO
32 Martin Iti
Martin Iti 31397

2007 (Summer): Iti represented Australia in the 2007 World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand in August.  The team went 4-3 and recorded a 17th-place finish.  The Australians finished strong with three consecutive wins.  In the victory over Kazakhstan, Iti had four points, five rebounds and a pair of blocks. 

 

2006-07 (Redshirt Junior): In his first season at NMSU, Iti was a dominant defensive force inside for the Crimson and White as he led the team with 40 blocked shots.  His 1.25 blocked shots per game ranked seventh among all WAC big men.  Iti finished the season with 13 multi-block games, including three contests in which he swatted a season-high three shots.  He had at least one block in 24 of his 32 games played, including at least one block in the first 14 games of the season.  Iti averaged 6.4 points and 4.3 rebounds despite starting just four games.  He scored in double-figures eight times while leading the team in scoring once.  Iti scored six or more points in 17 games and had at least two points in 31 of 32 games.  He was also great on the boards for the Aggies as he led the team in rebounding three times and grabbed a season-best 10 boards in a win over Utah State (March 10) in the WAC Championship game.  Iti grabbed at least six rebounds in 12 games and had at least one rebound in every game played.  The center also shot the ball well, finishing with a team-high .637 field goal percentage.  He shot 60 percent or better from the field in 18 games and was perfect from the field four times.  The Australian started his season strong as he notched double-figure scoring games at No.  15 Arizona (Nov. 19) and at New Mexico (Nov. 28).  In 27 minutes of action versus the Wildcats, Iti had a season-high 16 points, five rebounds and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the field.  A week later, Iti came off the bench to add 14 points and seven rebounds versus the Lobos.  He was 7-for-9 from the field and set a season high with three blocked shots.  In the inaugural Lou Henson Classic (Dec. 1-2), Iti averaged 8.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in wins over Chicago State and San Francisco.  He adjusted quickly in his first season in the WAC as he opened conference play with 14 points on 7-for-7 shooting in a win over Hawai’i (Jan. 4).  In a second meeting with the Rainbow Warriors (Feb.  12) on the island, Iti led the Aggies to an impressive road win with 15 points and eight rebounds.  In a home date with Utah State (Feb. 22), he came off the bench to add 10 points and seven rebounds in 28 minutes.  In his third career NCAA Tournament game, Iti had eight points and three rebounds in a loss to No.  11 Texas (March 16).

2005-06 (Junior): Iti redshirted the 2005-06 season after transferring from Charlotte.

 

2004-05 (Sophomore): Iti, who declared for the NBA draft after his freshman year before deciding to stay in school, averaged 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds as a sophomore while taking the 49ers to a 21-8 overall record and to the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in nine seasons.  Iti scored seven or more points in 11 of his 29 games and scored in double figures six times.  He finished the year with two double-doubles and recorded five or more rebounds in eight games.  Iti started 27 of 29 games for Charlotte as a sophomore and led the squad with 48 blocks He recorded at least two blocks in nine games and had five or more swats twice.  Along with his defensive abilities, Iti also shot the ball well, connecting on 51.2 percent of his attempts from the floor.  In the season opener against Long Beach State (Nov. 19), Iti had 10 points, five rebounds and four blocks.  Against Louisiana-Lafayette (Dec. 1), Iti finished with 11 points and six rebounds versus the Rajin’ Cajuns.  Against No.  22 Alabama (Dec. 4), Iti recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, but the 49ers fell to the Crimson Tide, 103-102 in triple overtime.  In back-to-back home games against Georgia State (Dec. 11) and UNC-Ashville (Dec. 19), Iti averaged 11 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 8-for-13 from the field.  Against Yale (Dec. 28), Iti had a career night as he dropped in a career-best 18 points while grabbing 10 rebounds for the double-double.  Iti, who finished the game 8-for-14 from the field, registered five of his boards on the offensive glass.  Against TCU (Jan. 26), Iti finished with eight points and four rebounds.  Iti had another career game, this time on the defensive end as the shot blocker tied a career high with six swats in a 81-58 win over Southern Mississippi (Feb. 26). 
2003-04 (Freshman): In 2003-04, Iti was a Conference USA All-Freshman selection after earning the starting role as a true freshman and averaging 6.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.  Iti scored seven or more points in 14 games as a freshman and had 10 or more points in four games.  He was force on the boards as he grabbed at least five rebounds in 16 games and had 10 or more rebounds in three games.  Iti was also hosting a block party as a freshman, swatting 35 shots in his first season.  In his second career game, Iti tied a Halton Arena record with a career-high six blocks versus North Carolina A&T.  He was a strong offensive presence as he finished with 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting.  At Syracuse, Iti stepped up again as he finished with nine points and seven rebounds at the Carrier Dome.  Iti, who was 4-for-4 in the game, also had two assists and two steals.  He recorded the first double-double of his career against Appalachian State when he had 15 points and 10 rebounds in 24 minutes of action.  At Rhode Island, Iti finished with nine points, six rebounds and two blocked shots.  At Cincinnati, Iti finished with 11 points and six rebounds in 25 minutes.  In the 49ers’ final road game at Houston, Iti stepped up and scored eight points on 4-of-6 shooting while grabbing 10 rebounds.

High School: As a high school senior at Mt.  Zion Christian Academy, ESPN rated Iti as the No. 8 high school recruit in the nation and the No. 1 high school center in the country.  In his one season at Mt. Zion, Iti averaged a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds a game while shooting 58 percent from the field.  As a junior, Martin averaged 11 points and seven rebounds for a talent-laden Winchendon Prep team.

Personal: Iti was born in Sydney, Australia and is the son of Lagina Parita.  He is majoring in family and child sciences.

 

Position: Center
Height: 7'0"
Weight: 240
Year: Senior
City/State: Sydney, Australia
High School: Mt. Zion Christian Academy
Other College: Charlotte
Experience: 1 Letter

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