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Report: Minnesota transfer lands at Cal Poly

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After seeing little play time through the first seven games of his collegiate career, 6-foot-8 Josh Martin was looking for a fresh start.

The former Minnesota forward will do so back on the west coast, transferring to Cal Poly, according to a report from Evan Daniels of Scout on Friday night. Martin originally committed to the Golden Gophers, but transferred last month, leaving Richard Pitino with only 10 scholarship players.

Martin was averaging 1.3 points and 1.0 rebounds in only 5.4 minutes per game. He came out of high school as a three-star recruit, according to Rivals.

Cal Poly reached the program’s first-ever NCAA tournament a season ago. Martin, who will have three and a half years of eligibility beginning in the second semester of the 2015-16 season, will add some front court depth for the Mustangs alongside current juniors Brian Bennett (11.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game) and Joel Awich (6.3 points, 5.8 boards, 1.3 blocks a night).

Cal Poly is currently 7-5 heading into Big West Conference play.

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Minnesota freshman forward to transfer

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Minnesota will be down to 10 scholarship players as freshman big man Josh Martin is the latest Golden Gopher to leave the team. The 6-foot-8 native of Washington intends to transfer at the end of the semester, per a release from the school, and Martin averaged 1.3 points and 1 rebound per game.

Martin was only averaging 5.4 minutes per game. With sophomore guard Daquan McNeil facing an indefinite suspension following his recent charge of domestic assault, Minnesota is very limited and only has 10 scholarship players to work with.

Regarded as a three-star prospect coming out of high school, Martin also took official visits to Florida State and Pitt during his initial recruiting process. Although he wasn’t playing much right now, the Golden Gophers will be lacking big men once conference season comes around and that could hurt them if they get in foul trouble or lose anyone to injury.