While St. Mary’s has been known to be the destination for many players from Australia, LMU has also had some great players from Down Under.Certainly none who were more successful than the duo of Matthew Knight and Damian Martin, who both played for LMU from 2003-2007.
Knight and Martin arrived together at LMU from the prestigious Australian Institute of Sports, and were immediately impact players for the Lions. Martin was known for his toughness, excellent passing and tenacious defending and in his first year was named to the conference All-Freshman team. He went on to have a very successful LMU career that was capped with him being honored as the WCC defensive player of the year in 2007. It was a remarkable feat, as he was coming off a torn Achilles tendon that caused him to sit out the year before.
Knight, a double-double machine, used his incredible strength and feathery shot around the basket to be named twice as an all-WCC First-team player. He also earned a spot on the WCC 2006 All-tournament team. That year Knight lead the Lions in scoring, at 16.5 points a game to go along with 7.7 rebounds. He became the 11th player in LMU history to score 1000 points and pull in 500 rebounds. During that time, Martin and Knight were also both named to the Australian Junior National team in 2003 and helped bring home the Gold with a win over the USA in the World Championships in 2003.
After all these years, Martin and Knight are still playing professionally in Australia. Martin played for several teams in Australia, while Knight played in Hungary and Australia. But once again, they are now teammates on the Perth Wild Cats of the Australia National Basketball League. ( Bios: Martin, Knight) It seems that little has changed, as they are both still winning accolades for their outstanding play.
It’s great to see that both Martin and Knight are having successful pro careers after flourishing at LMU.