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@BeGreatKris: A handle and an expectation

Anyone who has been following Kris Martin on any of his social media accounts in the last six months probably noticed a change. He decided to change his handle on Twitter and Instagram to to “@BeGreatKris” and a developed the #WhyNotKris hashtag which he uses several times a week.

     Social media has become a linchpin in sports and an extension of the athletes’ personalities, providing them with an outlet to speak their minds and interact with the public unlike any other time in history. Sophomore guard Kris Martin has chosen to use his social media as a self-motivator to remind himself of his own goals and aspirations.

     “When you see @BeGreatKris or #WhyNotKris [on Twitter], that’s me growing into my confidence as a player and my expectations for this upcoming year. That expectation is to be great and nothing less,” said Martin. “Last year I got a lot of experience and this year I have a bigger role, so I’m going to take everything I learned last year and make something happen this year.”

ORU Head Men’s Basketball Coach Scott Sutton doesn’t mind his young shooting guard’s mindset going into the season and believes a player’s confidence is crucial to their success.

“I don’t think K-Mart has ever lacked confidence, but you like that,” said Sutton with a chuckle. “You want your shooters to be confident in themselves. I see a young man who wants to be great. He wants to win and he showed in games last year and he’s showing in practice this year what he’s capable of.”

Martin was one of only four players to play in all 31 games for the Golden Eagles and started in 14 of those contests. He averaged 7.7 points per game during his freshman season at ORU shooting 40 percent from the field and 34 percent from three-point range. This season, Martin is looking to play an even bigger role this year.

“I wasn’t happy with the way last year ended. Even though I was a freshman, I started a lot of games and felt I could have done more for the team,” said Martin. “This year I have higher expectations for myself and my team.”