- Associated Press - Sunday, June 5, 2016

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - When watching the WNBA this season or any other season, there will be one player you won’t see.

Former Oklahoma State guard Brittney Martin has decided to not play professional basketball, citing that she didn’t feel the need to play anymore, the Stillwater News Press (https://bit.ly/25CQKWS ) reported. Instead, she is heading to Texas Tech for a job as a graduate assistant on the women’s basketball team while she works on her master’s degree in sociology. Martin got her bachelor’s degree from OSU on May 7.

“I’m just ready to start my life and I know there’s some people that can’t understand that,” Martin said in a phone interview Tuesday. “I think there comes a time when you just want to move on and you’re done playing basketball. I think my time came a little early and I think people don’t understand because they’re not in my shoes.”

Martin, the reigning Big 12 player of the year, was drafted in April by the San Antonio Stars with the first pick of the third round. She would have been the second Cowgirl currently in the WNBA, the Seattle Storm’s Tiffany Bias being the other. After spending a few days in training camp, Martin said she felt like the only player there who had lost their passion for the game.

“People encourage me and told me that I was going to regret it for a long time if I didn’t try out and see at least what I feel like,” Martin said. “I went and tried out and I just think it wasn’t very fair of me to stay there when I didn’t truly love the game and there were 12 other girls there that truly loved to play.”

Martin said she knew she didn’t want to play professionally since her junior year in college. She felt like she had a chance to advance her education. If that meant giving up playing basketball, then that was a risk she was willing to take. When former Cowgirl assistant and current TTU coach Candi Whitaker reached out to her, Martin jumped at the chance.

“I just want to get my degree and hopefully get my master’s somewhere, a coaching job maybe,” Martin said. “. I wouldn’t have left if I didn’t have another option.”


Information from: Stillwater News Press, https://www.stwnewspress.com

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