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Jake Martin








Jake Martin







Jake Martin

Alumnus Takes Shot
at the Pros

When former College of DuPage basketball coach Don Klaas gave Jake Martin a shot on the team, neither of them could have anticipated that he would one day be playing professionally in Australia. But basketball is in the genes for Martin, as his dad also played for COD twenty years ago. So, while getting there wasn’t a straight line for Jake, basketball was his fate.


“I always wanted to be like my dad and walk in his footsteps. I could say I am doing that, but doing it in my own way,” said Martin, “He is my biggest fan and making him proud was my goal since I picked up a ball.”


Through his time at COD Jake says he learned how to be responsible and committed. He also learned how to hustle.  


“Seeing I wasn’t the most athletic, I just worked harder on the basketball court,” said Jake, “But being at COD helped show me challenges and pave the way towards my success moving forward, not only as a basketball player but as a person and student.” 


After studying general education and graduating from COD in 2013, he went on to play at Luther College in Iowa where he had two successful years at the NCAA Division III level. However, after college was complete, he decided to head to Minneapolis to start his life and get a job. But, basketball was still calling his name two years later.


“I decided to do an overseas basketball combine in Chicago to give one last run at it,” Jake said, “I honestly didn’t think anything would come of it, and I just wanted to do something to tell myself I gave it a shot.”


But then he got a call from an agent with an offer to play basketball professionally in Melbourne, Australia. Within a few days of signing, Jake was on a plane.


“After thinking about it I knew I would regret not going, and I still loved the game and it was my dream to play basketball at the pro level. So I up and quit the job that I enjoyed,” said Jake, “I can honestly say it has been the best decision of my entire life.”


Three years later, he is still at it and has no plans of quitting any time soon.


“When I am all said and done playing I want to know I gave it everything I had,” said Jake, “I sit back and think sometimes how lucky I am that I get to play this game still and make money doing it.”


His advice to COD’s current students as well as student-athletes?


“Put your head down and work your absolutely hardest right now. If you kill it in the classroom, you can accomplish anything,” said Jake, “Listen to your professors and experienced individuals who have done or are doing what you want to do. Find something you love and keep doing it, and find a way through everything to make it into a career.”

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