Maccabi Hunter Haifa, the 2016-17 Israeli Basketball Super League runner-up, announced today that they have signed shooting guard Luke Martinez through the 2018-19 season. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Martinez, 26, helped guide Soles de Mexicali in Mexico’s top division to their second straight LNBP Final appearance and was awarded Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP Honorable Mention. In 25 games, Martinez posted averages of 12.8 points while shooting 41.4 percent from beyond the arc to go along with 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.5 steals (fifth in the league). As a member of Soles de Mexicali, Martinez participated in four Liga Americas games and averaged 6.3 points, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 17.3 minutes.
The 6-foot-4-inch, 189-pound shooting guard played in Liga Sudamericana prior to Soles de Mexicali, helping Venezuela’s Guaros de Lara win the 2016 FIBA Intercontinental Cup. In three games, Martinez averaged 10.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
In October of 2016, Martinez appeared in four games for Asociacion Quisma Santiago del Estero in Argentina’s top division where he averaged 3.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in 12.0 minutes.
“Our basketball operations team has been following Luke and we’re thrilled we are able to make him a Green,” said Maccabi Hunter Haifa owner Jeff Rosen.
“Luke is a versatile guard with good size,” said Maccabi Hunter Haifa head coach Offer Rahimi. “I am confident he will continue improving his game in all aspects with us and will help bolster our team’s backcourt.”
During the 2015-16 season, Martinez signed with Soles de Mexicali where he appeared in 21 games and averaged 12.0 points on 47.5 percent shooting from long distance while registering 5.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals. In April of 2016, he moved to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League, recording 5.6 points on 39.1 percent shooting from three-point land in 12.4 minutes in 13 games. He re-joined Soles for the LNBP Final.
A native of Bismarck, N.D., Martinez played his collegiate ball at the University of Wyoming from 2011-13. During the 2012-13 season, Martinez averaged 14.5 points on 42.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.1 steals in 12 games. He finished his career at Wyoming with 32 games in double-figures points, including six above 20. With 116 career three-point makes and 325 attempts, he finished 10th on Wyoming’s all-time top 10 list for those two categories