Kenyon Martin Jr., son of NBA veteran, commits to Vanderbilt basketball

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Kenyon Martin Jr., son of NBA veteran, commits to Vanderbilt basketball

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Kenyon Martin Jr., son of NBA veteran, commits to Vanderbilt basketball

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Kenyon Martin Jr. has committed to sign with Vanderbilt basketball, the second son of an NBA player to join Jerry Stackhouse’s first team.

He is the son of Kenyon Martin, the 2000 NCAA Player of the Year at Cincinnati, 15-year NBA player and 2004 All-Star. Martin Jr., a 2019 prospect, announced his commitment on Twitter on Sunday. He has until May 15 to sign with Vanderbilt, and he will be a freshman in the 2019-20 season.

The younger Martin, who goes by K.J., is a three-star prospect and 6-foot-6 forward at Sierra Canyon High in Chatsworth, Calif. His teammate and another son of an NBA player, Scotty Pippen Jr., already has signed with Vanderbilt.

They will play for Stackhouse, the former All-American at North Carolina and two-time NBA All-Star.

Martin is ranked the No. 44 power forward in the 2019 class by 247Sports Composite ratings. He chose Vanderbilt over UCLA, TCU and West Virginia.

Stackhouse now has 10 players

Sierra Canyon High forward Kenyon Martin Jr. (4) and Scotty Pippen Jr. (2) both have committed to play for Vanderbilt. Pippen has signed; Martin has until May 15 to do so. Photo: Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Staff.

Martin’s signing gives Vanderbilt 10 scholarship players for the 2019-20 season. He and Pippen join four-star forward Dylan Disu and three-star guard Jordan Wright in this signing class.

After coach Bryce Drew was fired, Vanderbilt lost three players. Matt Ryan transferred to Chattanooga. Yanni Wetzell entered the NCAA transfer portal. And Simi Shittu declared for the NBA Draft.

Wetzell has made recruiting visits to Texas Tech and San Diego State, Rivals.com reported. Shittu still could return to Vanderbilt, per a new NCAA rule, even though he plans to hire an agent. Underclassmen can withdraw from the draft by May 29 and return to school with their college eligibility still intact.

Reach Adam Sparks at asparks@tennessean.com and on Twitter @AdamSparks.

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