How a TV graphic led Jeff Van Gundy to meet former Butler star Kelan Martin in person
It's not every day that you get to meet your dream celebrity dinner guest.
But that's exactly how things went for Butler senior forward Kelan Martin.
During Butler's Big East tournament semifinals game against Villanova on March 9, FS1 showed a "3 Things to Know" graphic on Martin, revealing that the senior wanted to have ESPN commentator Jeff Van Gundy join him for dinner one day.
One month later, a member of the athletics department at Georgetown put a Butler athletics staff member in touch with Van Gundy, who was more than willing to meet Martin in Indiana during the NBA playoffs, where Van Gundy was calling Game 3 of the Indiana Pacers-Cleveland Cavaliers series. Because of time constraints, the pair did not share a meal but settled on meeting in a hotel lobby.
When someone sees you playing on national TV and says, “Let’s make this happen.” pic.twitter.com/SIP4fnK1fr— Butler Basketball (@ButlerMBB) April 23, 2018
Martin ended his Butler career on a high note despite suffering a second round loss to Purdue in the NCAA tournament. Martin scored 743 points this season, second in Butler history to Darrin Archbold, who notched 770 in 1992.
His career points total was 2,047, making him the Bulldogs' second all-time scorer, trailing Chad Tucker (2,321 from 1983-88) (h/t IndyStar.com)