Join Our Team!Sports Beat Writing Opportunities Available!

Kelan Martin Named to Lute Olson Award Watch List

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Butler senior F Kelan Martin was named to the 2017-18 Lute Olson Award Preseason Watch List on Monday, Nov. 6. The Lute Olson Award is presented annually to the nation’s top Division I player who has played at least two seasons. Forty players were on the preseason Watch List.

Martin earned one of the spots on the Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team after averaging 16.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game a season ago. Those marks placed eighth and ninth, respectively, in the BIG EAST Conference for the 2016-17 season. He shot 78 percent from the free throw line, also in the Top 10 among conference players.

Photo: Butler Athletics/Butler Senior Forward Kelan Martin

The 6-7 forward from Louisville, Ky., scored 20 or more points in 10 games for the Bulldogs last season, and led the team in scoring 15 times. He has been voted to the 2017-2018 All-BIG EAST Second Team by the conference’s head coaches following each of the past two seasons.

Martin enters the season with 1,304 career points, a total that already ranks 23rd on Butler’s all-time scoring list.

Previously, Martin was named to the 20-member watch list for the 2018 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award.

The 2017-18 Lute Olson National Player of the Year Award will be announced on March 31, 2018 at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Event in San Antonio, site of the 2018 NCAA Final Four.

Butler opens the regular season Friday night, hosting Kennesaw State at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

2017-18 LUTE OLSON PRESEASON WATCH LIST

Jalen Adams 6-3 Jr. Connecticut
Deng Adel 6-7 Jr. Louisville
Peyton Aldridge 6-8 Sr. Davidson
Grayson Allen 6-5 Sr. Duke
Joel Berry II 6-0 Sr. North Carolina
Trevon Bluiett 6-6 Sr. Xavier
Miles Bridges 6-7 So. Michigan State
Bruce Brown Jr. 6-5 So. Miami
Jalen Brunson 6-3 Jr. Villanova
Jevon Carter 6-2 Sr. West Virginia
Joe Chealey 6-4 Sr. Charleston
Gary Clark 6-8 Sr. Cincinnati
Chris Clemons 5-9 Jr. Campbell
Bonzie Colson 6-6 Sr. Notre Dame
Mike Daum 6-9 Jr. South Dakota State
Tyler Davis 6-10 Jr. Texas A&M
Angel Delgado 6-10 Sr. Seton Hall
Shannon Evans II 6-2 Sr. Arizona State
Marcus Foster 6-0 Sr. Creighton
Nana Foulland 6-9 Sr. Bucknell
Devonte Graham 6-2 Sr. Kansas
Tyler Hall 6-4 Jr. Montana State
Ethan Happ 6-10 Jr. Wisconsin
Kevin Hervey 6-9 Sr. UT Arlington
Aaron Holiday 6-1 Jr. UCLA
Ben Lammers 6-10 Sr. Georgia Tech
Jock Landale 6-11 Jr. Saint Mary’s
Kelan Martin 6-7 Sr. Butler
Yante Maten 6-8 Sr. Georgia
E.C. Matthews 6-5 Sr. Rhode Island
Jordan McLaughlin 6-1 Sr. USC
Chimezie Metu 6-11 Jr. USC
Shake Milton 6-6 Jr. SMU
Chima Moneke 6-6 Sr. UC Davis
Landry Shamet 6-4 So. Wichita State
D’Marcus Simmonds 6-3 So. Georgia State
MaCio Teague 6-3 So. UNC Asheville
Reid Travis 6-8 Jr. Stanford
Allonzo Trier 6-5 Jr. Arizona
Robert Williams 6-10 So. Texas A&M

Chris Fultz is a Senior Writer for the Indiana Sports Report and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by Butler Athletics and has full media access. Follow @CafultzISR and the @IndySportsRep on Twitter.

Leave a Reply