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Maryland Terrapin transfer Ian Martinez returning to practice

The transfer guard is expected back at full speed in practice next week

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Transfer sophomore guard Ian Martinez is expected to join team workouts that start after Labor Day next week and be back to full speed. Martinez suffered a meniscus tear in his knee during a summer workout in June. He underwent a successful surgery and was expected to make a full recovery and return to the court in two to three months.

The transfer guard from Utah was a consensus four-star recruit coming out of high school. Martinez is a native of Costa Rica, stands 6-foot-3, and weighs in at 181-pounds. He saw action in 25 games as a true freshman at Utah, averaging 15.8 minutes per game over the courts of the season. He averaged 9.7 points over the team’s final six games, scoring a career-high 18 points against USC in a PAC-12 tournament loss that ended the season.

Martinez committed to Maryland on April 20 after entering the transfer portal earlier that month. His departure from Utah followed the firing of head coach Larry Krystkowiak who employed Martinez’s father as an assistant coach for the past two seasons. New Utes head coach Craig Smith was unlikely to retain Martinez’s father.