Hassan Martin Named 2015-16 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year

Hassan Martin Named 2015-16 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year

KINGSTON, R.I.Hassan Martin was named the 2015-16 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year, it was announced today by the league office.  Martin was also named to the league's five-player All-Defensive team for the second consecutive season.  Martin becomes the first Rhode Island to win the A-10's top defensive player honors since the award's inception in 1996-97.

For the third consecutive season, the 6-7 forward finished atop the league's blocked shots leaders - both overall and in conference games only, averaging 2.5 and 2.4 swats per game, respectively.  The overall 2.5 blocks per game average ranks Martin 18th nationally.  Martin - who missed the final three games of the regular season and will not play in this week's A-10 Championship - finished play having blocked a total of 65 shots in 26 games.  The 65 blocks rank as the sixth-highest single-season total in program history.

Earlier this season, Martin moved into the #2 spot on Rhode Island's all-time blocked shots list, passing current assistant coach Antonio Reynolds Dean.  The Staten Island native now has 248 career blocked shots - 10th among all active NCAA Division I players and second among active juniors - and trails Kenny Green (324) for the school record.  Among all active players, Martin ranks eighth in career blocked shots average - at 2.74 blocks per game.

Martin has been the most prodigious shot blocker in the Atlantic 10 and one of the nation's top rim protectors throughout his career.  As a freshman, Martin set a new URI freshman record en route to recording 80 total blocks during the 2013-14 season - the fifth-best single-season total in school history.  He led the A-10 statistically overall (2.5 bpg) and conference-games only (2.9) in blocks in his first season in Keaney Blue.

As a sophomore in 2014-15, Martin became just the second Rhode Island player to tally 100 or more blocks in a season, with 103.  With his 3.1 blocks per game average, Martin finished the season as the country's sixth-best shot blocker and his 103 total blocks was the fourth-highest total nationally.  He set a new school single-game record, swatting 10 shots vs. La Salle on Jan. 22, 2015.

Martin needs 41 more blocked shots to crack the A-10's all-time top 10 list.  Caswell Cyrus of St. Bonaventure blocked 289 shots from 1997-2000.  He needs 78 more swats to pass Green (324) as Rhode Island's all-time blocks leader.