Two former Catamount standouts were recognized recently for their accomplishments handling a basketball and handling questions from the news media.

Kevin Martin, top
and Brad Hoover, bottom

Men’s basketball star Kevin Martin, who played at WCU from 2001-04, has been named to the Mid-Major All-Decade team for his outstanding performance during three seasons in the purple and gold.

Martin became Western Carolina’s first-ever first-round draft pick when the Sacramento Kings selected him with the 26th pick in 2004. He was the 14th college player selected overall that year.

The Zanesville, Ohio, native finished his three-year collegiate career ranked fourth on Western Carolina’s all-time leading scorer chart with 1,838 points, averaging 23.3 points per game. A three-time All-Southern Conference selection, Martin remains WCU’s top scorer the university become an NCAA Division I program in 1976-77.

From the gridiron, Brad Hoover ’00 is the inaugural winner of the Tom Berry Good Guy Award, given to the player who is most cooperative with the NFL Carolina Panthers media during the course of the season.

The award is named for a longtime, award-winning columnist and Panthers beat writer for the High Point Enterprise who passed away Aug. 30. Berry also worked for Hoover’s hometown Thomasville Times and for the Durham Sun, covering sports in North Carolina and the Southeast.

“Brad Hoover is the absolute perfect selection for this award,” said Pat Yasinskas, the NFC South representative for the Professional Football Writers of America. “Brad symbolizes everything Tom Berry stood for. He’s always been courteous and polite with the media and a true gentleman.”