Wallace State’s Imari Martin named ASWA Community College Athlete of the Year

Wallace State's Imari Martin. (Russell Moore/WSCC)

HANCEVILLE, ALA. – Imari Martin was recognized over the weekend as the 2020 Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) Community College Athlete of the Year, marking the second consecutive year a Wallace State athlete has earned the award. 

Martin, who was honored at the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) headquarters in Montgomery, had a stellar sophomore campaign for the Wallace State women’s basketball team during the 2019-2020 season, leading the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) in scoring with 21.8 points per game and assists (147).

Martin, a 5-foot-5 guard from Hazel Green, drained 81 3-pointers and became the first Wallace State women’s basketball player to surpass the 1,000-point milestone in 14 years. She finished her two-year WSCC career with 1,086 career points, guiding the Lady Lions to a 24-6 record last season and securing their first NJCAA Division I National Championship berth since 2015.

Among her other postseason accolades, Martin became the first NJCAA Division I 1st-team All-American in program history and was named the 2020 ACCC/Region 22 Player of the Year, the ACCC North Division Player of the Year, an ACCC North Division First Team member and an ACCC All-Tournament selection.

Martin, who’s now at Jacksonville State, is the fifth student-athlete in Wallace State history to earn the ASWA Community College Athlete of the Year award, joining Demarkus Lampley (2019), Rachel Ragland (2015), Jennifer Sexton (2007) and Cory Cooperwood (2006). For more information about Wallace State athletics, visit www.athletics.wallacestate.edu or the athletics Facebook page at www.wallacestate.edu/athleticsfb.