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Golden Nuggets: Coach Martin discusses his roster for next season and hints about potential transfer Dominic Artis

Coach Martin discusses his ten scholarship players and drops a line that may reveal his interest in controversial ex-Duck transfer Dominic Artis.

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William Mancebo

Coach Cuonzo Martin previewed the team he thinks will take the court in 2014 and, in discussing his plans for transfers and recruiting, may have given some hints about the possibility of a blue and gold future for ex-Duck Dominic Artis, who was infamously involved in a sexual assault case.

[Martin] also confirmed the Bears are likely to go into next season with just 10 eligible scholarship players. Martin said he won't use either of the program's two open scholarships this summer, unless he's able to land a senior graduate transfer who is immediately eligible.

That means - although Martin cannot discuss recruits by name - there is nothing to online chatter that Cal might be pursuing former Oregon guard and Bay Area native Dominic Artis.

Ten players is a little too little for this level of play, but Martin thinks intelligent practice and strength & conditioning can circumvent this issue, so having his strength and conditioning coach Nicodemus Christopher should help.

Martin also gave his impressions of his new team:

"I'm definitely encouraged," he said. "I think we have a good core, good guys returning. We have veteran leadership in David Kravish, good, young freshmen that will be sophomores. Tyrone [Wallace] has been battled-tested, played a lot of minutes."


Martin said he wants [Jabari] Bird to be more aggressive offensively, needs Mathews to improve his ballhandling, and asked Kravish to spend time in the offseason working on his 3-point shot. [Christian] Behrens and [Roger] Moute a Bidias both impressed him during limited workouts.


Three players[Sam] Singer, Wallace and [Brandon] Chaucawill compete for the point guard spot, Martin said. Wallace, at 6-5, can play as many as four different spots on the floor and would be plugged in at power forward if the Bears opt to use a four-guard alignment at times, Martin said.

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