Carvacho, Martin reflect on returning to CSU

When first-year Colorado State men’s basketball coach, Niko Medved took the job last spring, there were a lot of questions about the future of the roster. CSU lost Prentiss Nixon (Iowa State) and Raquan Mitchell (New Mexico Highlands) to other schools and both Nico Carvacho and Kris Martin flirted with the idea of leaving after being granted permission to contact other programs.

In the end, Carvacho and Martin both decided to stay with Medved. And as the team begins to prepare for the upcoming season, the veteran hoopsters believe the decision to stay in Fort Collins was wise.

“I feel amazing, Carvacho said. “I think I made the perfect decision for myself and for my family. I just felt like there was nowhere else where I would benefit as much I would here.”

“I’ve moved forward from everything that happened last summer and spring,” Martin added. “I am ready to move forward with this team and get this new season started.”

Carvacho explained how Medved and the assistant coaches have built strong relationships with him and the entire roster in a short period of time. What has really stood out about the new staff to Carvacho is how genuine they have been since their arrival though.

Carvacho never felt pressured from his new coaches to stay. The coaches won him over by just being themselves.

“They just were themselves. What they said they were going to do, they have done until today,” Carvacho said. “I think they are going to continue to do that… I had total confidence in them when I made (the decision).”

From a relationship standpoint, Carvacho and Martin feel good about the decision to stay at CSU. On the floor, their commitment is even bigger for a CSU hoops team that has decent depth and quite a bit of experience on the roster.

For a team that wants to be able to hang its hat on transition offense and defense, having athletic scorers like Carvacho and Martin will be key.

“I think it’s great,” Medved said. “I mean you can see these guys. They’re good players and they play with a lot of energy, so I’m proud of them. And those guys have been two of our hardest workers since the summer.”

Carvacho has already been a monster in the paint for CSU in his previous two seasons and the big man continues to become more dangerous on the perimiter. After working on his jump shot in the offseason, the Big Chile could be poised for a career year in CSU’s new offensive scheme.

Martin was a proven scorer for Oral Roberts and averaged 13.5 points per game as a sophomore, before transferring to CSU. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard is athletic enough to beat defenders on the drive and is an efficient shooter from the outside.

When also factoring in the return of veteran point guard, Anthony Masinton-Bonner, who recently had the roster list changed to include his hyphenated last name in honor of his mother, CSU has a roster that is well suited to run Medved’s ideal offense.

“Tempo is going to be big for us,” Medved said. “We want to be play fast, but not in a hurry. Just because we play fast, does not mean we always want to take quick shots. But we want to be able to put a lot of pressure on teams with our offense when they come in here.”

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