Roman Martinez

Roman Martinez

Player Profile

El Paso, Texas

High School:
Montwood HS

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 185





Martinez Named First Team CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine All-District

Albuquerque Journal Front Page Feature

• First name is pronounced row-MAWN

• Martinez has to be one of the most respected student-athletes to attend UNM based on his accomplishments athletically, academically and in the community

• Lobos' only senior in 2009-10, and he had a spectacular season on and off the floor

• National winner of the Chip Hilton Award, given to a Division I men's graduating senior for demonstrating outstanding character, leadership and talent

• ESPN the Magazine 2nd Team Academic All-American for 2009-10, UNM's first selection in 35 years • has a 3.48 cumulative GPA

• Finished 5th in the 3-point shooting contest during Final Four activities in Indianapolis

• On March 3, 2010, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson proclaimed it "Roman Martinez Day," in the state...the Lobos defeated TCU 73-66 in Martinez's 100th career start to clinch their first outright conference title in 16 years

• Only Lobo to reach 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 200 3-pointers and 200 assists in a career

• Lobos were 41-6 when he played more than 30 minutes

• Tied for 2nd at UNM in games played (133), 19th in scoring (1,159), 10th in rebounding (633) and 6th in 3-pointers (205)

• Academic All-MWC all four seasons

• Recipient of the Marvin Good Memorial men's basketball scholarship

• One of 30 NCAA Div. I seniors tabbed for the 2009-10 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, given for notable achievement in classroom, character, community and competition...Martinez was the only player from the MWC on the list

• Also a semi-finalist for the Coach Wooden Citizen Cup, given for behavior as a player, plus contribution to the college community and society

• Chip Hilton Award (national)
• 2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American
• 2nd team All-Mountain West
• USBWA all-district
• UNM team co-MVP
• MWC Player of the Week Dec. 7
• MWC co-Player of the Week Dec. 14

The real heart, soul and glue of the team...probably made more clutch plays (baskets, rebounds, assists, deflections, etc.) than any other Lobo this season

• One of the nation's top 3-point threats...finished 1st in the MWC in 3-pt. FGs made (2.83)...also 4th in the MWC and 20th in NCAA in 3-pt. pct. at 41.3%

• Set a school record with 240 attempts from 3-point while 99 made is 2nd on the single-season list

• Started his 100th career game March 3 vs. TCU...scored 19 points on 5-10 FGs from 3 in his final appearance in The Pit, which was proclaimed "Roman Martinez Day," by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson...also 5 rebounds and 2 steals in 34 minutes...made back-to-back 3-pointers in the 2nd half that gave the Lobos some cushion in a 73-66 win that provided UNM an outright conference crown for the first time in 16 years

• 29 points and 9 rebounds in 70 minutes against Montana and Washington...team-high 19 points and 6 boards against Montana, while playing all 40 minutes...needed 4 stitches above his left eye in the second half against Washington after taking an inadvertent elbow from teammate Will Brown as Brown was grabbing a defensive rebound...had to remove his blood-stained jersey and switch to No. 41 for the rest of the game

• 20 points, but just 4 rebounds, in the 2 games...foul trouble against San Diego State limited him to a season-low 22 minutes

• 9 points and 3 rebounds vs. Air Force...11 points vs. San Diego State, and he connected on his 200th career 3 in the 2nd half

• 15 points, 7 rebounds and a team-leading 3 steals in the win at (13/11) BYU

• 17 points and a career-high-tying 12 rebounds (6 offensive) at Colorado State...went 4-8 from behind the arc

• 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals in 26 minutes vs. Wyoming...tied a career-high with 3 blocks

• 15 points on 5-8 3s in a career-high 43 minutes at Utah...nailed a 3 from the top of the key with 1:26 left in OT and UNM never trailed again

• 16 points (4-8 3s) and 9 rebounds in the win at (23/25) UNLV

• 12 points, 6 rebounds and a game-high 4 steals vs. Colorado Sate Jan. 23

• 15 points and a career-high-tying 12 rebounds vs. UNLV in The Pit

• 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals vs. Dayton...his back-to-back 3s in a 48-second span in the 2nd half put UNM ahead for good at 42-39

• 2nd double-double of the season vs. Texas Tech with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 3 steals

• 1st double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds vs. Creighton...played the entire 2nd half...had a huge offensive rebound and assist to Darington Hobson that pushed the Lobo lead to 61-57 w/54 seconds left

• MWC Co-Player of the Week Dec. 14 for his performance at San Diego and vs. No. 16/18 Texas A&M...team-high 22 points, including 2 game-clinching FTs with 9 seconds left to preserve the 84-81 win over A&M • Memorable performance against San Diego, scoring a career-high 26 points on 8-9 from 3-point, which were his only attempts of the game...hit his first seven 3s and scored 20 points in the 2nd half...the 89% accuracy tied a UNM single-game record set by Clayton Shields against TCU in 1998

• MWC Player of the Week Dec. 7 after 37 points, 13 rebounds and 5 steals in home wins against No. 25 Cal and New Mexico State ...team-high 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 steals in the win over New Mexico State on Dec. 5...16 points (3-4 3s) and 5 rebounds in the win over No. 25 Cal...his 3 with 3:14 left snapped a 74-all tie and UNM never trailed again

• 19 points on 4 3s, plus 5 rebounds in 36 minutes at Hawai'i...his 2 3s capped a 25-4 run at the start of the 2nd half

• 24 points at New Mexico State and he scored 11 straight during one point in the 2nd half

Honorable Mention All-MWC • Academic All-MWC • Started 33 of 34 games, averaging 10.6 points and 6.4 rebounds, good for 7th in the MWC • Led the team and was 4th in the MWC in offensive rebounds with 2.06 per game • Led the team and was 3rd in the MWC in 3-point shooting at 41.8% • Numbers were even better in MWC games only: 10.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.38 3-pointers per game and 43.7% shooting from 3-point • Made 5 3s in a game 3 times • Lobos were 16-3 when he played more than 30 minutes, and had won 15 straight before the loss to Wyoming in the MWC Tournament...6-9 when he played 30 or less • Tied Daniel Faris with 4 double-doubles on the season • Twice named MWC Player of the Week (Dec. 15 and Jan 19) • MWC Player of the Week on Jan. 19 after scoring 13 points in the second half vs. BYU...made 4 3s and a FT, plus 4 rebounds in the final 16 minutes...finished with 15 points and 7 rebounds • MWC co-Player of the Week Dec. 15 for performances against San Diego and Ole Miss: 25 points and 21 rebounds • 15 points in the title-clinching win at Wyoming, tying a career-high with 5 3s • 4th career double-double with 13 points and a career-high-tying 12 rebounds at Colorado State...played a career-high 42 minutes and forced a key turnover in the final seconds of regulation that allowed UNM to tie the score and force overtime • 17 points, a career-high 12 rebounds, a career-high 5 steals and 4 assists vs. Ole Miss • 17 points against San Diego State, tying a career-high with 5 3s • Set a career-high in MWC play with 20 points at Air Force, making 6-9 FGs and 4-7 from 3-point • 13 points and 11 rebounds in the win at TCU; also 3 assists, 0 turnovers, 1 steal and 2 charges drawn in 34 minutes • Season-high 20 points on 7-9 shooting, 5-7 from 3-pt, against Cal State Northridge.

Academic All-MWC • Started last 24 games of the season, averaging 7 ppg and 3.9 rpg • shot 47% from 3-pt. in MWC games and 42.0% in all games • 1.81 A/TO ratio was 9th in the MWC • career-high 24 points on 6-10 shooting, 2-4 from 3-pt. and 10-11 from the FT line, against New Mexico State.

Academic All-MWC • MWC Scholar-Athlete • Averaged 2.7 ppg and 2.6 rpg, playing in 31 games • first true freshman to start the first 10 games of the season since Clayton Shields started the first 25 in 1994-95.

A 2006 graduate of Montwood HS in El Paso, Texas • Named first team all-state, district 1-5A MVP and academic all-state as a senior by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches • Led Montwood to the regional finals of the state tournament as a senior • Two-time all-region, all-city and district MVP for head coach Tony Harper • Martinez played with current Lobo Daniel Faris on NM Force, a local AAU team, during the summer of 2005 • averaged 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks, leading Montwood HS to the round of 16 in the Texas 5A playoffs as a junior.

Born March 5, 1988, in El Paso • Full name is Roman Eduardo Martinez • Son of Eddie and Pam • Father was born in Los Alamos, N.M., and attended high school there • Grandfather, Francisco Martinez, was all-league in basketball at New Mexico State • He also played for Mexico in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, leading his country to the bronze medal • Roman has two sisters (Monica and Nikki) and two brothers (Omar and Carlo) • Majoring in University Studies.