Big 12 Championship Most Outstanding Player
“Take chances, because that’s the only way that you would know if you can do something or not. Have confidence in everything you do, whether that is basketball or academics.”
A quick glance at statistics shows you what kind of basketball player West Virginia student-athlete Tynice Martin is on the court. In the 2016-17 season, Martin, a co-captain as a sophomore, was unanimously named to the All-Big 12 First Team, earned the Big 12 Championship Most Outstanding Player title after leading her team to a conference championship win, and was Honorable Mention on numerous All-America lists.
But while the talent is no doubt there, it’s her intangibles of which head coach Mike Carey is most proud.
“On the floor, she’s never going to quit. She is always excited about every game, every practice. You never have to tell her to go hard. She’s motivated and she’s ready to go, and she motivates other people. Off the floor, she’s always worrying about other people and not herself, if everybody ate, was taken care of got treatment and then she calls me. That’s just how Tynice is,” he said.
Martin, who hails from Atlanta, Georgia, loved the atmosphere in Morgantown and said it was the college town vibe that helped her make her college decision. Since joining the team, her leadership ability and talent on the court has made her a fan favorite, but to Martin, there is nothing better than having her family in the stands, especially her younger brother.
“Just looking in the stands and Trey, you know, happy, just legit happy, it’s like ‘yeah, I’m doing it for the right reason,’ because regardless of who wins or not, whoever scores, he’s cheering. Everybody on the team is his big sister,” he said.
Martin’s determination makes her a role model not only to her brother, but also to many young girls who look up to the Mountaineers’ star guard.
“She’s motivated and she’s ready to go, and she motivates other people.”
“Listen to your parents. Take chances, because that’s the only way that you would know if you can do something or not. Have confidence in everything you do, whether that is basketball or academics,” she said.
Graduating is just as important to Martin as the opportunity to play professionally after college; she credits her “life-changing scholarship” for the opportunity to broaden her future prospects and says that she wants to be the best in the classroom, as well.
“I want to be Summa Cum Laude, so that takes a lot of effort, a lot of downtime studying. I would like to be a businesswoman, start my own franchise or business. Regardless of what it is, I want to have something of my own and give back to the youth. I want to start something,” she said.
Martin’s determination to succeed in everything she does is evident in every conversation of which she is a part; her teammates are quick to follow her lead and know that she truly embodies the characteristics of a champion.
“She definitely leads by example, on and off of the court. She’s always in the gym looking at a game. She does well in classes,” said teammate and friend Teana Muldrow. “She practices like a champion; she works hard like a champion. She’s always perfecting her craft. She never gives up; she never settles for less. So I think the idea of Champions for Life really means the world to her.”