Name: Jamie Martens
School: Kaneland, senior
Sport: Basketball, guard
Why Martens was selected:
Martens scored 19 points and hit two clinching free throws in Kaneland's 53-49 win over Yorkville. Martens spoke to Chronicle sports editor Joshua Welge about the big win, and Kaneland's start to the season. Below is an edited transcript.
Welge: How big of a win was that, considering Yorkville went undefeated in conference last year?
Martens: It was important for us to show that we can stand up to big teams like that that haven't lost in a while. All the excitement of the rivalry, and the fact that it was a very close game, made it very emotional.
Welge: How do you handle pressure situations like being at the free-throw line late in games:
Martens: You just have to stay cool, calm and collected. I just take my time and relax. We practice late-game situations like that all the time.
Welge: Your team is 6-0, despite losing some key pieces from last year. Do you feel you've surprised some people:
Martens: I don't think we were expected by many people to beat Yorkville. Our coaches knew that if we worked well and played as a team we'd be pretty good.
Welge: It seems Kaneland is always pretty good defensively. What's practices like:
Martens: We do a lot of competition drills. We'll have certain people key on other people. If you lose the drill you have to run. It gets competitive.
Welge: What did you learn from [graduated point guard] Morgan Weber:
Martens: That you always have to be aggressive and hustle.
Welge: Do you plan to play basketball in college – what are your college plans.
Martens: I'm looking. I might major in occupational therapy, but I'm not sure.
Welge: You have another big game this week with Sycamore. What's your thoughts on that one:
Martens: I think if we play like we did against Yorkville we'll have a good chance.