Sophomore Guard Makes UMKC History

Martez Harrison receives two honors in two years

UMKC men’s basketball guard, sophomore Martez Harrison, was named the 2015 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, as voted upon by the league’s coaches, and was picked first-team All-WAC. Senior forward Reese Holliday earned All-Newcomer Team honors.

Harrison, a Kansas City, Mo. native, is the second UMKC player ever to earn league Player of the Year Honors, the first since Michael Jackson took the same honors in 1999-2000.

Harrison led the WAC in scoring, steals, free throws made and attempted, while ranking third in assists. A graduate of the University Academy, he also ranked among the league’s top 10 in threes made, free throw percentage and assist-to-turnover ratio.

Harrison is the only player in UMKC history named Freshman of the Year (2014) and Player of the Year (2015) in his career, and accomplished both in only two years.

He enters this week’s WAC Tournament with 1,066 career points, ranking 10th all-time where, and got to 1,000 points in only 58 games, the fourth-fastest ever.

Holliday, a product of Kansas City, Kan. and Sumner Academy, was named to the WAC All-Newcomer team after transferring back home from Toledo last year. He averaged 11.7 points a game in WAC play and has scored double-figures in 8 of his last 10 games.

Harris and Holliday helped UMKC to second place in the WAC, matching its highest conference finish ever, and highest since 2004-05. UMKC also is the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament for just the second time ever, along with that same 2004-05 team.

For complete details, visit UMKC Athletics website.

|Wandra Brooks Green, Division of Strategic Marketing and Communications


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