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Martin Signs with Embry-Riddle University

November 18, 2013

Kalah Martin signing  
Kalah Martin, seated center, signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She is flanked by her parents, Jesse, left, and Ramonda Harris, and standing, from left, Archers assistant coach Melanie Marcy and head coach Shelly Ethridge.

Just five games into her second season with St. Louis Community College, sophomore guard Kalah Martin already has determined her basketball future. Martin accepted a full scholarship to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Nov. 15.

Martin, who was flanked by her parents and joined by her teammates during the signing, currently is averaging 9.4 points per game for the Archers, one year after helping STLCC reach the NJCAA Tournament for a second consecutive season.

Kalah Martin  
Martin, in white, dishes off to a teammate in an early-season
victory over Rend Lake.

Her choice of Embry-Riddle was made primarily due to academics. Martin is pursuing a degree in aeronautical engineering, and the Daytona-based university quickly became a top choice.

“For me, academics are very important, and once I saw they were bringing on a women’s basketball team, I was very excited and I thought this would be a great opportunity,” Martin said. “When I was in high school, I had a class where we used a flight simulator, and since then I knew I wanted to do something in aviation.”

Embry-Riddle currently is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, but will become a Division II member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association next season. Next winter will be the inaugural season for Embry-Riddle women’s basketball.

Martin quickly established herself as one of the Archers’ more talented guards a year ago, and has translated that ability into production and an opportunity to continue her career elsewhere in coming seasons.

Head Coach Shelly Ethridge, who envisioned a four-year basketball career for Martin early on, has been impressed by the degree of development from her sophomore guard.

“I’m extremely proud of Kalah,” Ethridge said. “She’s always been one of our hardest workers. She’s the first one at practice working. She’s in the gym when there’s no school. She is just so deserving of this offer, and it was her number one choice. Her best game is still ahead of her. Kalah is going to be Kalah and work extremely hard. She’ll roll into Embry-Riddle and be an automatic impact for that program.”