Men's Basketball

#BethelPilotTop10 – No. 3 Jody Martinez

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The fact that Jody Martinez is No. 3 on our list shows just how great a history Bethel basketball has. Martinez exemplified what it meant to be a Bethel Pilot. He worked hard, gave his best every game and was a leader on and off the court. Because of that, Martinez was the first player in Bethel history to have his jersey retired. Martinez played from 1986-1990, bridging the gap between the Homer Drew era and the Mike Lightfoot era.
Jody Martinez has the most career rebounds in Bethel basketball history.
Jody Martinez has the most career rebounds in Bethel basketball history.
Statistically, Martinez stands out from the rest. When he graduated, he set the school career scoring record with 2,620 points. He has since been passed and now stands third on that list. He still holds the career rebounding record by a wide margin with 1,728 career rebounds. In fact, for his career, Martinez averaged a double-double (18.1 points per game and 11.9 rebounds per game). He could pass the ball too. His 462 assists put him at no. 13 on the all-time list. He is also the second all-time blocker with 197 career blocks. He was an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention during his senior year in 1990, and he was an NAIA Scholar Athlete 1989-1990. He was a three-time NAIA First Team All-American and a two-time member of the All-Tournament team. The only blemish on his stellar resume is the fact that he never won a national title. However, that doesn't mean he was not a winner. In his senior year, Martinez led the Pilots to a 30-7 record and a Crossroads League regular season title. He also ranks No. 25 on the career wins list with 110 victories. Martinez now serves as the athletic director at Bethel and coaches the women's basketball team. The top ten was created by combining expert picks, statistics, championships and awards won, as well as the voting on Twitter. Some players may have been rated high by experts but did not receive as many votes as others. Others may have received votes but their statistics did not matchup against others. The top ten is comprised of the ten players who scored the best across all categories. To see the voting, visit the #BethelPilotTop10 page on the Beacon's homepage.
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