Reporting Shane Kitzman
Andrew Martinson is a 21st-century, red-blooded American man.
He idolizes Johnny Drama of “Entourage,” names “Superbad” as one of his favorite flicks and, yes, his choice cuisine is steak.
Where the 6 foot tall Concordia College shooting guard differs from everyone else (i.e. Turtle from “Entourage”) is he’s absolutely lethal from behind the 3-point arc.
Thanks to shooting a scorching 48 percent from deep this year, he’s also the best sharp-shooter Concordia has ever seen. Martinson’s 143 3-pointers surpassed Brett Inniger’s 133 from 1993-95.
The Chaska native’s third in the MIAC in most 3-pointers made, but no one who’s taken more than 20 are even close to his efficiency.
Oh, and he’s also the only shooter in the league who is better than 90 percent from the charity stripe (93.8).
Sitting at 15-5 in the MIAC (18-7 overall), Concordia is the No. 2 seed in the MIAC playoffs and host No. 3-seeded Augsburg at 7:30 p.m. Friday night. In order to make the NCAA tournament, the Cobbers can’t quite rely on an at-large bid — they’ll need to win on Friday, and on Sunday against nationally ranked No. 1 St. Thomas to secure the automatic NCAA bid.
Remember: The Tommies’ sole defeat this season was against the men from Moorhead.
In the meantime, get to know the Cobbers’ senior sniper who set a career high of 31 points earlier this year against St. Olaf, and who also set the school record for 3-pointers in a single game with six this winter.
After shooting 37 percent from behind the arc last year, it’s all about feeling at home
“Last year was my first time playing two-guard, moving without the ball, and getting better looks. I played point guard before that. I’ve just had a lot more confidence this year.”
The rest of the Cobbers – especially the big men – help him with open looks
“I depend on my teammates to create for me – the bigs have set great screens all year. I find myself coming off good screens from (6-foot-10-inch) Jake Huus the majority of the time.”
After missing the playoffs last year, the Cobbers have rebounded
“We just grew up a lot from last season. We were junior heavy last year. And it helps we have Aaron Lindahl back after he tore his ACL early on last season. He’s the glue and the leader of our team.”
Hoisting a MIAC trophy was the goal all along
“Our goals have been the same since Oct. 15 when we started this season – compete for the MIAC championship.”
Handing St. Thomas’ its sole defeat of the year was a blast
“It was a big game for the program, and a big win. It gave us confidence to move forward.”
Remember Maryland’s Juan Dixon? Martinson does
“One of my best gifts I have gotten was to see Maryland beat Duke at Duke back in 2007. I’ve just been a Maryland fan ever since Steve Blake and Juan Dixon won the NCAA championship.”
The management major has his post-graduation plans set
“I’ll work with my dad and my brother in Chaska (at Martinson Insurance Agency). I interned with them this summer and it’s my plan when I graduate. I’m looking forward to seeing my family every day, and finding success.”
He’s giving back to his community on the court
“The last few summers, me and my friend Tyler Goetz set up our own basketball camp — Nothin’ But Net Skills Camp. We had about 70 athletes from Chaska — from first to eighth grade, and it went for two weeks in August.
The plan right now is to be my high school coach’s assistant at Chaska after this year. I want to help them out. It’ll be fun.”
Martinson’s not bad at recreational sports, either
“I love going to Lake Minnetonka and wakeboarding, wakeskating, and I love to tube.
My favorite golf course is the Chaska Town Course. I’m probably a 13 handicap.”