Tynice Martin,the 5’11 Redshirt Junior Guard from Atlanta, GA, was absolutely sensational for the West Virginia Women’s Basketball team this year. She averaged 17.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. She also shot 84% from the foul line and 42% from 3 point range. The best 3 point percentage by any player on the West Virginia Men’s team was a paltry 33.8% by Jordan McCabe. The team shot 31.6% as a team.
🚨 ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨
Following last night's game, Tynice Martin announced that she will return to West Virginia for the 2019-20 season.
— WVU Women's Basketball (@WVUWBB) March 28, 2019
Tynice Martin, who gave up an opportunity to be drafted in the WNBA to return for her Senior season following a disappointing 56-54 NIT loss against Northwestern, would be the best current option as a shooting guard on the roster as it stands. Chase Harler, Jermaine Haley, Taevon Horton and Brandon Knapper are nowhere as talented of a shooter as Martin. Perhaps the defense is a bit more burdensome to score on in the Men’s game, but she would absolutely outperform any of the aforementioned players. Strength is an obvious concern when considering a woman playing against men, but look at the below picture and ask yourself if she isn’t stronger than any guard on the men’s current roster.
During Martin’s announcement that she would return for her Senior season, she boldly claimed that she wanted to be considered “one of the best players to ever play at West Virginia University.” This is certainly an attainable goal, but taking it a step further, shooting for the stars and trying out for the men’s team would truly make history.
Can a woman legally play for a men’s team? The answer is yes. According to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX “forbids sex discrimination in all university student services and academic programs including but not limited to recruitment consideration or selection, whether full time or part time, under any education program or activity operated by an institution receiving or benefiting from federal financial assistance.” However, the NCAA could interpret the rule in a different way and consider that “men and women be provided equitable opportunities to participate in sports” to mean that both genders be given an opportunity to play on the team of their sex.
The bottom line is that Tynice Martin would be a major upgrade over anyone on the current men’s roster and she should absolutely be given an opportunity to play for the team. Bob Huggins, rather than picking from the bottom of the JUCO barrel, should simply give Mike Carey a call and ask for permission to speak to Martin.