Aug. 28, 2014
GALESBURG—After teaming up in high school, Martel Hunter and Trayvon Smith now will do the same at Carl Sandburg College. The former Monmouth-Roseville High School standouts have signed to suit up for the Chargers men’s basketball team this season.
Hunter, a 6-foot guard, averaged 13.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists for the Titans during his senior season. He was named to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s Class 1A/2A All-State first team and was a second-team Associated Press Class 2A All-State pick. Hunter also was a first-team All-West Central Conference selection and was named first-team all-area by the Peoria Journal Star, Galesburg Register-Mail and Moline Dispatch/Rock Island Argus. He finished his career at M-R with 1,377 points, 551 rebounds, 406 assists and 320 steals.
A 6-6 forward, Smith averaged 13.5 points and 8.1 rebounds during his senior season with the Titans. He was an IBCA Class 1A/2A All-State fourth-team selection and a first-team All-WCC pick. Smith also was named first-team all-area by the Register-Mail and Dispatch/Argus, and he was a Journal Star third-team all-area honoree. He ended his Titans career with 1,237 points, 803 rebounds, 207 assists and 145 blocks.
“Martel and Trayvon are two of the top small-school players to come out of this area over the last few years, and it’s a huge bonus when you can recruit local talent,” Chargers coach Ryan Twaddle said. “They come from a winning program, and they already have good chemistry together. We’re really excited to be adding them to our program.”
Hunter and Smith helped M-R to a 91-25 record during their four seasons there. The Titans won Class 2A regional championships each of the past three years and made a supersectional appearance in 2013. Both players participated in the IBCA Class 1A/2A All-Star Game in June, with Smith grabbing MVP honors after recording 24 points and 15 rebounds. Hunter had seven points, four steals and two assists in the contest.
Hunter and Smith join a Chargers team that is coming off the program’s first Region IV tournament championship and advanced to the NJCAA Division II national tournament for the first time in its history.