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Wildcats knock off Bears 57-56

18 Feb

Back on Jan. 10, Baylor dealt the Wildcats a crushing loss on their home court. On Saturday afternoon, Kansas State returned the favor in Waco with a 57-56 upset over the No. 9 Bears.

It was an R&R special: a little revenge against Baylor, and a little redemption for freshman Angel Rodriguez, who against Kansas went 0-8 from the field with 7 turnovers.

Undaunted, Rodriguez bounced back against Baylor and led his team with 15 points, 6 assists, 4 steals and 3 rebounds in a Big 12 road win that many say will punch the team’s ticket to the NCAA tournament.

“He’s a fighter,” coach Frank Martin said. “He’s a gutsy kid. He’s got a lot of confidence.”

Rodney McGruder also scored 15 points, and Jordan Henriquez added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. Henriquez turned the ball over just once and proved to be a major disruption to the Baylor offense in the paint. His final basket, on a feed from Rodriguez, sealed the Kansas State victory and moved the Wildcats to 18-8 on the season and 7-7 in Big 12 play.

“Jordan went through that little stretch where obviously I did what I had to do to try to get his attention, and he’s responded real well,” Martin said. “He’s a good player. He’s worked so hard to make himself a young man that can impact our game in a positive way.”

The Wildcats fought through a deficit for much of the first half before finally taking a lead two minutes before the break, but they went down early in the second half when they lost track of guard Brady Heslip, who proceeded to wreak havoc from beyond the arc.

Heslip quickly reversed the Wildcats’ 32-28 halftime lead by hitting three 3-pointers in the first couple minutes of the second half to give the Bears a 39-35 advantage.

Jamar Samuels cut the lead to one point with a 3-pointer of his own. The teams traded baskets fairly consistently until Kansas State led 46-45 with 9:25 left in the game.

Samuels grabbed a rebound, but Pierre Jackson grabbed it and yanked it out of Samuels’ hands. Samuels grabbed at the ball – and consequently, Jackson – and apparently said something after referees called the foul on him, so he was also slapped with a technical.

Heslip made both the technical foul free throws, and a made jumper by Pierre Jackson on the Bears’ next possession gave them a 49-46 lead.

From there, Kansas State went on a 9-2 run to gain a 55-51 lead with three minutes to play.

“Our rule is anytime the ball goes in the middle of the zone, you shoot it or pass it. You don’t dribble it,” Martin said. “I thought for the most part we did a good job of attacking their zone. We didn’t make a lot of shots, but we made enough.”

Baylor scored back-to-back baskets to take a 56-55 lead, but Rodriguez got the ball to Henriquez for a score that would be the game-winner.

In the first half Baylor jumped out to an 8-2 lead thanks to a variety of scoring: layups from Jackson and Heslip, two free throws from Quincy Miller and a dunk by Quincy Acy. Kansas State caught up before too long as Henriquez employed his face-up jumper and Rodriguez continued to charge into the lane and get layups.

From there, the Bears ran out to an 18-9 lead. As McGruder found a rhythm, though, so did the Wildcats. Starting with his first basket at the 8:39 mark, McGruder added 10 points down the stretch, scoring as many points himself as the Baylor offense did from that point on. Kansas State outscored the Bears 23-10 in nearly 9 minutes between McGruder’s initial score and halftime.

It took awhile for Kansas State to overtake the home team, however. The Wildcats struggled to get rebounds and find an offensive groove early, but  a 3-pointer by McGruder gave Kansas State its first lead of the game, 25-24, with 2:03 to go before halftime.

A buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Samuels – his first field goal of the game – gave the Wildcats a 4-point advantage heading into the locker room.

Next up for the Wildcats is No. 3 Missouri in Columbia.

Constantly pestered about the implications of upcoming games on Kansas State’s NCAA tournament hopes, Martin said the team focuses on the next game and nothing more. That mentality, at least on Saturday, resulted in just the ninth road win over a top 10 team in program history.

“We don’t change our approach,” Martin said. “At the end of the day, you can’t do those things unless you’ve got kids who believe in the message, because they’re got to be able to execute it and execute it at 100 miles per hour.”

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Wildcats fall 59-53 in Bramlage to rival Jayhawks

14 Feb

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Jamar Samuels issued his final challenge to archrival Kansas in Bramlage Coliseum on Monday night. The Jayhawks had won 35 of the last 38 meetings of the teams. One of Kansas State’s rare wins in the series came last year. While Samuels made a convincing case for a repeat upset, it was not enough.

The senior scored 20 points and snagged 12 rebounds. He helped stymie player of the year candidate Thomas Robinson, who emerged with just 10 points.

“I just wanted to beat them,” Samuels said. “You’ve got a big-time team coming into your home, and it’s a rivalry game, and you want to win.”

The veteran performance of Samuels stood in sharp contrast to the youthful mistakes that plagued them in a 59-53 loss.

Freshman guard Angel Rodriguez, who has buoyed the Wildcats in many recent games, hindered them against the No. 4 Jayhawks by committing seven turnovers.

Kansas State also had a difficult shooting night, converting just 20 of 65 attempts. Rodney McGruder scored 12 points, and Will Spradling added 10. The two combined for 9-of-28 shooting from the floor.

Kansas employed the triangle-and-two defense to slow down a Wildcats offense that already struggled with sluggishness.

“They’re made to get you to stand around,” coach Frank Martin said. “It got the mission accomplished. It got us to stand around, and they slowed us down.”

That said, the Wildcats had myriad opportunities late in the game after battling back from a 28-18 halftime deficit.

With 1:15 to play, McGruder hit a jumper that put the Wildcats within 55-51. They had several opportunities in the next minute, most of which came on mistakes by Tyshawn Taylor. In quick succession, he missed the front end of a one-and-one opportunity at the foul line, turned the ball over and missed another free throw that would have increased the Kansas lead.

Robinson made a pair of foul shots to put the Jayhawks up 57-51.

With 8 seconds left on the clock, McGruder hit another big shot to cut the deficit to four points again. By then, though, it was too late.

“Self-destructed,” Martin said. “That happens to us. When you’ve got grown men playing for you, it makes our guys look like little kids in that moment.”

Kansas State had put itself in position to win, but it could not maintain that stronghold as the game progressed.

The Wildcats launched a 12-4 run out of halftime to climb within two points of the Jayhawks, 32-30. Spradling started the scoring spree with his first basket of the game. Thomas Gipson nailed a pair of free throws, and Samuels incited some much-needed momentum by sinking two 3-pointers.

The emergence of Jordan Henriquez – with an emphatic slam followed by a workmanlike layup – allowed the Wildcats to tie the game at 34 early in the second half. Later, another free throw by Gipson gave Kansas State its first lead, 37-36.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Taylor and a bucket down low by Jeff Withey quickly restored the Jayhawks’ lead, 44-37. With six and a half minutes to play, Kansas led by 10 again, just as it had at the break.

In the first half the Wildcats made just 22.6 percent of their field goals. Samuels and McGruder accounted for all the team’s points save for one basket by Gipson.

“You play a good team like Kansas, when you get a crack, you’ve got to make it,” Martin said. “I told our guys, ‘I don’t know what to tell you. You’ve got an open shot, you’ve got to make it.”

Sunday Takeaways from Saturday’s KSU/Texas A&M Game

5 Feb

The Wildcats pulled to .500 in conference play with a 64-53 win in Bramlage Coliseum over Texas A&M yesterday. Kansas State needed that win for confidence going forward. Reflecting on that game, there are several reasons the Wildcats should have that confidence now.

1. Angel Rodriguez can take over a game.

He had one sequence in particular that I found truly impressive. First, He zipped into the lane and drew a shooting foul, then made both his free throws. Immediately after, he caused a Texas A&M turnover while pressuring the inbounds pass. In that possession, he attempted a 3-pointer. He missed, but he got his own rebound and took another shot. That one went in. Then on the next possession, he again drove to the basket, and that time he made the basket and got the foul. Again, he made his free throw.

Basically, this kid was all over the place. Early on, I was wary of comparisons between him and Denis Clemente. Rodriguez is young. He plays ahead of himself sometimes. When he throws up those crazy circus shots, many times I think, ‘That is an awful shot,’ and then the ball usually finds the hoop anyway. He turns the ball over a little more than he should, and he has to watch his fouls.

All that said, when he gets a fire under him, watch out. If he plays assertively and keeps his fouls under control so he can stay in a game, he is as dangerous a player as the Wildcats have. He will be huge for them in the years to come.

2. Will Spradling rediscovered his shot.

The sophomore point guard has been in the gym working on his shot for awhile now. He had been struggling to make baskets in the last few games, but a 4-for-5 effort yesterday from beyond the arc against Texas A&M pretty much sealed the deal that his slump is behind him. Coach Frank Martin told him he just had to keep shooting. If he does not shoot an open shot when he has the opportunity, he hurts his team, Martin said. Yesterday Spradling’s persistence and work on that shot paid off. He led the Wildcats with 19 points.

3. The team still believes.

Every now and then, I listen to sports talk radio. The other day, I heard guys discuss whether maybe the fiery Martin is too hard on his team sometimes. Maybe he pushed the guys too hard and lost them, one suggested after recent Big 12 losses. I don’t think so.

From the way Spradling and Rodriguez looked admiringly at Martin and grinned as he made wisecracks during the press conference yesterday, I would venture to say that is not the case at all. Those guys respect Martin – though they all call him Frank – and believe in what he is doing. As long as there is mutual respect between coaches and players, you can never count a team out of a season.  The Wildcats will be fine.

Time to cowboy up

20 Jan

If Kansas State gets its first Big 12 road win of the season tomorrow afternoon, it will be a huge accomplishment.

Don’t be fooled by Oklahoma State’s 9-9 overall record. The Cowboys will be a handful on Saturday. For a long time, it seems like they have had Kansas State’s number. The Wildcats have not won in Gallagher-Iba Arena since 1993. Since the formation of the Big 12, Kansas State is 3-13 against Oklahoma State.

Coach Frank Martin said the arena is a crazy atmosphere and a difficult place to win. He recalled the last two games his team has played there, saying the Wildcats had managed the game but just came apart at the seams late, between foul trouble last year and crunch-time turnovers the year before that.

“That building is hard,” Martin said. “The crowd is off the charts, and they feed off of that.  They have great players and Travis [Ford] does a heck of a job with their team.”

The floor leader of the Cowboys is about as overlook-able as his team’s mediocre record. By now, though, everyone who has seen 5-foot-9 senior Keiton Page play knows better than to underestimate him. He leads the team with nearly 15 points per game – almost the average that Kansas State dynamo Rodney McGruder is sporting.

“Keiton is the heart of their team,” Martin said. “He might be the smallest player in the league, but he probably has the biggest heart.  He is a ferocious competitor.  I am not there every day, but I am told he is as good of leader as they have seen at Oklahoma State in years.  When you watch their team play, and you watch him, I think it is clear as day that he is the guy that guides them.”

However, Page is easily the most experienced of his group. According to Oklahoma State’s game notes, he is the lone senior on an eight-man rotation that aside from him includes one junior, one sophomore and five freshman.

Of course, the Wildcats are not necessarily loaded with experienced veterans themselves. In the starting lineup Kansas State has one senior, one junior, one sophomore and two freshmen. The Wildcats probably have more experience coming off the bench, but it would appear that both squads are in that growing-pains sort of stage.

The Cowboys are coming off a last-second loss to Iowa State in Ames. In that game, both Page and Le’Bryan Nash had 21 points. Oklahoma State had the advantage in most statistical categories, but the team also got just 10 opportunities at the foul line and took advantage of just five.

Remember, Kansas State took 39 foul shots on Wednesday in its 84-80 victory over Texas. Granted, that Iowa State had only 16 attempts against Oklahoma means probably means that game was 1) less physical or 2) being officiated differently, but I think it may be worth noting.

The aggression the Wildcats demonstrated in going to the rim against Texas is exactly what they have to do to be successful the rest of this season. It gets you to the foul line, it draws defenders into the paint to open up perimeter shooters and it allows you higher-percentage shots.

Saturday’s game starts at 12:30 and will be televised on the Big 12 Network.

Overtime again for the Wildcats: Bramlage edition

11 Dec

Another nonconference opponent that Big 12 teams are expected to beat, another win that was much too close for comfort. The Wildcats triumphed 79-68 on Sunday afternoon, but North Florida did not make it easy, scoring a bucket at the end of regulation to send it into overtime at 60-60.

Kansas State coach Frank Martin said the selfishness and lethargy he sees from his team worries him more than the small margin of victory.
“I’m not concerned with the final score; that’s irrelevant to me,” Martin said. “I’m concerned on how we do our jobs _ guys being on the same page, how you go out and play.”

275-pound freshman force Thomas Gipson led the team with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Jamar Samuels, Will Spradling and Rodney McGruder also scored in double figures. For the Ospreys, Jimmy Williams and Parker Smith scored 13 each, while Jeron Granberry got 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point range.

Kansas State had led the entire game when Williams scored back-to-back fast break baskets to put North Florida up 40-37 with 12:37 left to play. A few minutes and consecutive three-pointers by Granberry later, it was 49-40 Ospreys.

The Wildcats would not regain the lead until under three minutes remained, when they pulled ahead 57-55 on free throws from Samuels.

When Spradling drilled a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left in regulation, it looked like it would ice the game 60-58. Williams made sure it did not, scoring a 2-point basket to send it to overtime, where the Wildcats eventually won by double-digits.

Kansas State got off to a 12-4 start but let the Ospreys back into the game. Spradling said the Wildcats cannot do that down the road.

“When we get up like that, we need to just bury teams,” Spradling said. “Once we get leads, we like to relax and let teams back in the game. We can’t be doing that, especially when Big 12 comes, because if we do, we’re going to be the team getting buried.”

Recovering from Loss No. 1

10 Dec

Frank Martin is adamant that losing is not necessary to learning. Nevertheless, that’s something the Wildcats have to do going into Sunday’s game against North Florida unless they want one loss to become two losses.

The Ospreys (5-4, 1-0) should bring some serious momentum and confidence to Bramlage Coliseum. While the mention of this opponent will not strike fear into the hearts of most Big 12 fans, maybe it should. The the Ospreys skidded to a 1-4 start to their season, but among those first five teams they played were three Top 25 teams: Alabama, Florida and Ohio State. North Florida lost to those teams badly, but I’m a believer in the saying that you get better by competing against people who are better than you. Since an 85-50 loss to Ohio State on Nov. 21, the Ospreys have won four straight.

Looking at the Ospreys’ roster, here’s what stands out. First of all, every single guy is either from Florida or Georgia. Secondly, there are two 6’7″ players and none taller. Add the listed weights in, and it appears on paper that this team does not have anyone bigger than Kansas State’s Jamar Samuels. Since the Wildcats obviously have several guys bigger than that – Jordan Henriquez, Thomas Gipson, Adrian Diaz – the post could be a major advantage for them.

This is an ideal game for Kansas State, who is coming off a killer loss to West Virginia in a de facto home game in Wichita. Returning to Bramlage with new motivation should allow the Wildcats to return to their winning ways.

What happened in Wichita?

10 Dec

Looking at the box score from Thursday night’s game against West Virginia, you can see there are not that many statistical differences between the Mountaineers and the Wildcats. Since the game did go into two overtimes, that’s not shocking. What is slightly more surprising is that Kansas State led West Virginia in categories that one might think would give the Wildcats an edge: fast break (13 to 4), points off turnovers (21 to 13), points in the paint (44 to 38). The teams were tied 17 times during the game, and the lead changed nine times. In the beginning, though, Kansas State got up 9-2. What were the factors that kept the Wildcats from closing the door – or kept it from closing on them?

  • Questionable defense – Last I heard from Martin, he was much happier with the team’s defense than he was with its offense. On Thursday, though, it looked like there was confusion. From where I sat, it seemed that guys were out of position and because of that did not rotate over to help teammates when their defenders beat them going to the rim. I think what Martin said after the game probably backs up this assessment:

“We were pathetic on defense in the second half. We were just bad. All we did was foul, reach and gamble. The physical nature of the game had us undisciplined, and we did not take care of our assignments. We allowed the ball to get to areas on the floor, and the way we play if we allow the ball to get to certain areas, it causes problems for us.”

  • Grit – The Wildcats played one heck of a game. Fans in the stands thought it was a long, drawn-out contest; can you imagine how the players and coaches felt? It was a grinding, back-and-forth, foul-laden battle that lived up to the tremendous hype it received beforehand. Really, I thought Kansas State – especially as such a young team – played with considerable physical and mental toughness. It was a difficult early-season game, and the team weathered it fairly well. Martin does not believe in moral victories, however. While it might seem harsh, that is a good mindset to have, and the deeper the team gets into this season and the further these young guys go along in life, the more important it will be to remember that.

“Whether you win or lose, you will end up learning from the experience,” Martin said, “but we have to go to practice tomorrow. We will watch film tomorrow. We will do everything we can do until they tell us they cannot play anymore. I do not find positives in hard fought games. The only positive that I like, is the only stat that I like: our team has one more point than the other team. When that happens, I go home, and I am in a decent mood for about 12 hours.  When that does not happen, I am a miserable human being. Unfortunately, we did not get that done today. I am proud of our fight, like I told them in the locker room, but it was not good enough. We have to get better.”

  • Stale offense – While the players moved more without the ball than the had in the past several games – at least it looked like this was the case, especially since I didn’t hear Martin yell, “MOVE!” as I have heard before – it still was not enough. Martin wants these guys passing and cutting, and there is too much standing around. That has been his assessment of the last several ball games, and again, while it looked better on Thursday, there is still much work to be done. That game showed it.

 

Preview: Kansas State vs. George Washington

1 Dec

Who are the guys to watch in this game? It should not be difficult to keep track of the guys to watch for George Washington: two of the most interesting ones have alliterations – #3 Tony Taylor and #5 Bryan Bynes. Taylor, a senior point guard, leads the team in scoring (nearly 16 ppg), assists (nearly 5 per game) and steals (a little over 1 per game), according to the team’s website. As you can imagine, he is not on the bench much – only about 5 minutes each game. Oh, by the way, he’s shooting a scathing 63 percent (12 of 19) from beyond the arc. Bynes is one it will be interesting to watch because he and Kansas State’s Martavious Irving have been friends since they were little kids and played on the same high school team and AAU team. For the Wildcats, look for Jamar Samuels to have loosened up and be finishing on some of those looks he missed last game. Also, Will Spradling and Rodney McGruder should hit some outside shots early so they can keep defenders honest and have opportunities to slash to the rim as well. Maybe the most fun to watch will be Thomas Gipson, the beastly freshman who has been converting at the rim and earning and-ones like nobody’s business.

What will this game tell us about the Wildcats? Coach Frank Martin said the Colonels are all about controlling the tempo of the game – that’s their coach’s modus operandi, or “schtick,” as Martin says. To combat this, either the Wildcats will have to get steals and defensive rebounds and push a faster tempo, or they will have to play in a much more disciplined manner than they have been doing lately – actually running plays, setting picks and passing. Obviously, a faster tempo would probably be better for Kansas State.

How might this game impact Kansas State going forward? This is a team that’s 4-1. Eastern Maryland Shore, the only game so far the Wildcats have won by a significant margin, was 1-3 heading into Bramlage Coliseum. Kansas State has definitely been going through its growing pains even with nominally easier opponents, and now it hits a stretch of much more challenging ones: George Washington tonight, Virginia Tech on Dec. 4, and West Virginia in Wichita on Dec. 8. Tonight’s game could set the tone for this stretch. A strong performance is going to provide some confidence going into those, so win or lose, the Wildcats need that tonight.

When was the last time these teams played? These teams last met in December of 1940 in Washington D.C. In that game, George Washington defeated Kansas State 48-25.

Where is George Washington University? George Washington University is in Washington, D.C., along with Georgetown University and George Mason University, in case you were wondering.

Why is this particular game on the schedule? Martin said he wants to try to get his players back home to be able to play in front of their families and friends as much as possible. The team accomplished that by playing Loyola in Chicago – where Jacob Pullen is from – last season, and an encore of tomorrow night’s game in Washington D.C. would get Rodney McGruder back to his home.


Nice Numbers from Game 3

22 Nov

The Wildcats’ 92-50 blowout of Maryland Eastern Shore turned into a tale of two halves for both teams.

The Hawks (1-4) shot 41.7% from the floor, 50% from 3-pt range and 66.7% from the free throw line in the first half. In the second half, those numbers decreased to 32.1% from the floor, 31.8% from 3-pt range and 47.4 from the charity stripe.

For the Wildcats (3-0), the opposite occurred. Kansas State shot 37.9% from the floor, 35.7% from beyond the arc and 75% from the free throw line. In the second half, they stepped on the gas and shot 65.6% from the floor, 50% from 3-pt range and 81.8% from the line.

“The last five, six minutes of the first half, I thought we started to play more like we were capable of playing,” said coach Frank Martin. “They made a couple hard shots in the first half. They weren’t going to keep shooting the ball at that clip. They were controlling the tempo of the game because they were attacking us and we were just reeling. We weren’t where we needed to be.”

The Wildcats began the second half with a 28-6 run and continued to steamroll the Hawks with a separate stretch of 16 consecutive points.

“Towards the end of the half I think we started speeding the game up a little, and then we came out of the gate in the second half,” Martin said. “It was fun. I don’t think I called a play the first 10 minutes of the second half. We just played. We did what we do in practice. We went out there and attacked and played and shared the ball and, to our guys’ credit, when they had opportunities, they made shots.”

Though Martin, Jamar Samuels and Martavious Irving did not look particularly enthused after the win, numerically there was much to admire.

The Wildcats outrebounded the Hawks 44-28, and they committed only 9 turnovers compared to the opponents’ 18.

Thomas Gipson, Irving, Rodney McGruder, Will Spradling and Shane Southwell combined for 18 assists and just 2 turnovers. Gipson led the team in scoring (13) and rebounding (9). In Samuels’ first game back after a three-game suspension, he scored 12 points on 7-of-9 foul shooting but was just 2-of-8 from the floor with 3 rebounds. Both Irving and McGruder added 11 points and 4 assists each.

Also, Jeremy Jones made good on his 9 minutes of playing time and went 4-4 from the floor to score 8 points.

 

Un lugar especial

13 Nov

*Note: Estoy estudiando español en Kansas State University y tenía la oportunidad entrevisar Kansas State coach Frank Martin en español y preguntarle sobre una variedad de sujetos. Este primer artículo es sobre sus primeras impresiones de Manhattan.*

Antes de que Frank Martin desembarcó del avión para ir a Manhattan, su única experiencia del estado de Kansas era un viaje de recrutar en Garden City. Por eso, él esperaba que Manhattan sería como Garden City. Pero cuando él fue en Scenic Drive y veía las lomas, él estaba sorprendido.

La verdura y la hierba de las lomas contribuyeron a una escena preciosa, Martin dijo. Luego, cuando veía la ciudad, le gustaba mucho también.

“Mi primera impresión era que era completamente diferente a lo que me imaginaba,” Martin dijo. “El primer día que encontré la ciudad, me encantó y esa opinión sigue y sigue poniendo más fuerte todos los días en los últimos cinco años y medio, sigue aprendiendo más y más de esta comunidad y es un gran lugar con tremendas personas.”

La familia Martin siempre ha vivido en las ciudades grandes. Martin ha entrenado en Miami, Boston y Cincinnati y su esposa es de Nueva York. En estos lugares, las casas están una arriba de la otra y él tráfico hace difícil llegar de un punto a otro. Todas las personas corren y corren y tienen apuro.

Entonces, Manhattan era una experiencia nueva para los Martin. Aquí, hay más espacio. No hay tanta locura, como dice Martin.

Pero hay un elemento de este lugar que Martin aprecia más que cualquier otro: la gente.

El mes que él llegó a Manhattan, enfermó. Anya, la esposa de Martin, estaba planeando a ir por Cincinnati. Él le dijo a ella que debe ir y él estaría bien. Pero la enfermedad era más seria que pensaba. Cuando fue al doctor, le mandó inmediatamente al hospital. Aquí, entre la salida y vuelta de su esposa, Martin estaba solo.

Pero uno de los médicos que se llama Dr. Wall trataba de tener conversación con él y lo mantenía tranquilo. Esa atención comprensiva y generosa le mostró a Martin la importancia de la persona a esta comunidad.

“Nunca se me olvida,” él dijo con admiración en su voz.

En esta situación, Martin sabía que hay algo especial sobre Manhattan.

Aunque mudar es un parte normal de la vida de los entrenadores, puede ser difícil a veces. Cuando llegó en Manhattan, Martin no conocía nadie y no había pasado muy poco tiempo en el estado. Pero como todos otros en la profesión, mudar es un parte del trabajo.

“En esta profesión, uno sabe que tiene que estar preparado para aceptar la posibilidad de mudarse, de tener que estar en una comunidad nueva,” Martin dijo.

“Nosotros llegamos aquí con brazos abiertos y la mente abierta para aceptar el próximo capítulo en nuestra vida y estamos supercontento.”