Cody Martin, a Cooleemee native who played at Davie County High School, became an NBA Draft pick on Thursday night.
Martin was taken in the second round by the Charlotte Hornets, bring the 6-foot-7 forward back to his home state after being away for the better part of three seasons.
Martin and his twin brother, Caleb, played the last two seasons for Nevada. The two helped the Wolf Pack reach the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back years, including a Sweet Sixteen berth in 2018.
The Hornets took three players during the draft. On top of Martin (No. 36 overall), Charlotte took P.J. Washington (12th) and San Diego State's Jalen McDaniels (52nd).
Martin's best attribute might be his versatility. He regularly served as Nevada's primary ball handler. And his large frame should allow him to guard multiple positions in the NBA.
He started 68 of the 70 games he played with the Wolf Pack. This season, Martin averaged 12.1 points and 4.9 assists while reducing his amount of turnovers from the previous season (from 73 to 64).
The Martin twins spent their first two collegiate seasons at N.C. State from 2014 to 2016. They sat out the 2016-17 season to comply with NCAA transfer rules.
The Hornets finished 39-43 last season, good for ninth in the Eastern Conference. Currently, they're trying to negotiate a new contract with their star, Kemba Walker.
Walker is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason and is eligible for a supermax contract with the Hornets thanks to an appearance on the All-NBA third team. The Hornets can offer the guard a five-year contract worth $221 million.