After NCAA win, Fil-Am basketball player Remy Martin puts Filipino heritage on display

23-year-old Kansas guard Remy Martin with the NCAA men’s basketball championship trophy; right photo shows Martin on the court | Photos courtesy of Instagram/@remymartin1fk and University of Kansas Athletics

AFTER a momentous win in the U.S. NCAA men’s basketball championship, University of Kansas guard Remy Martin proudly put his Filipino heritage on display in a new Instagram post.

The 23-year-old #Burbank native helped the Jayhawks come back from a 16-point deficit to defeat the North Carolina Tar Heels and claim their fourth national title on Monday night, April 4.


In the post, Martin wrote “This Is Bigger Than Me ???” in a photo showing off the NCAA trophy as he wore a Philippine flag on his back.

He added in another Instagram story post, “Know my story you will understand me better! I represent my culture ?? And love who love me!”

Martin, who transferred to Kansas from Arizona State University, is a three-time All-Pac-12 selection, earning second-team honors as a sophomore and first team his junior and senior seasons. Martin became just the second player in ASU history to be named all-league three times. As a freshman in 2017-18, Martin was named co-Pac-12 Sixth Man of the Year.

Martin’s father is African-American and his mother is from Pampanga, Philippines. The basketball player holds dual citizenship with the Philippines and the United States, and has previously shared that he would be interested in playing for the PH national team.

With Monday’s win, the 23-year-old became the third player of Filipino descent to win the national college championship, following the footsteps of Virginia’s Kihei Clark in 2019 and Raymond Townsend in 1975 with the UCLA Bruins.

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