The Martin twins, Caleb and Cody, are leaving N.C. State

Caleb Martin, Cody Martin, Malik Beasley

Florida State’s Malik Beasley, left, struggles for possession of the ball with North Carolina State’s Cody Martin, right, and Caleb Martin during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)


Twins Caleb and Cody Martin announced on Thursday that they will be transferring out of the N.C. State program.

Along with Cat Barber, who is headed to the NBA Draft, this means that the Wolfpack will be losing three of their top five scorers from last season. Caleb averaged 11.5 points last season while Cody chipped in with 6.0 points.

“Through a series of honest, thoughtful and somewhat surprising conversations we have had in the days since our season ended, Caleb and Cody have informed me of their desire to explore options that they believe are in both of their best interests,” N.C. State head coach Mark Gottfried said in a statement. “While I don’t share all of their views, I have certainly come to understand and respect the unique dynamic and special bond that exists between identical twins, especially when they play the same sport for the same team. I enjoyed coaching them over the past two years.”

Part of the motivation for the twins’ transfer is that the Wolfpack perimeter is crowded. Dennis Smith Jr. will join the program next season, as will transfer Torin Dorn. Terry Henderson returns from injury and Maverick Rowan is back for his sophomore season. That doesn’t include Shaun Kirk or anyone that Mark Gottfried is able to add this spring.

And he will be adding people, whether it’s through graduate transfers or freshmen from overseas. The Wolfpack are currently down to just eight scholarship players.

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