Radford transfer had his first season cut short by academic ineligibility ... is the tallest person to play for the Dukes since 7-2, 235-pound Ricky Lopes saw action in all 30 games for Duquesne's 1994 NIT team ... is the third-tallest player in Duquesne history.
As a Sophomore (2011-12)
Played six games before being declared academically ineligible in December ... scored two points and blocked a shot in 21 total minutes ... learned on Nov. 1 that the NCAA waived Division I basketball transfer requirements allowing him to compete immediately following his transfer from Radford ... was limited in the preseseason while recovering from a late-September concussion ... sat out the first four games for his impermissible participation in summer league games prior to transferring ... made his debut at Valparaiso on Nov. 20 with one block in five minutes ... logged a season-high seven minutes vs. Tennessee Tech on Dec. 3 ... made his first Duquesne start vs. Penn State on Dec. 10 and finished with two points and three fouls in three minutes ... the PSU game marked his last appearance of the season.
As a Freshman (2010-11 at Radford)
Played in 19 games with nine starts as a true freshman ... averaged 5.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game ... led the 5-24 Highlanders with 21 blocked shots ... was second on the team with a .482 field goal percentage ... suffered a sprained knee early in the season that limited him to three appearances in the first 10 games before scoring six points on 3-of-3 shooting in 14 minutes at Florida on Dec. 22 ... had his breakout game with 15 points and 10 rebounds (both season highs) in 28 minutes at Winthrop on Jan. 20 ... went on to start nine consecutive games from Jan. 22 through Feb. 19 ... missed the last two games due to a concussion ... averaged 6.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in 22.6 minutes per game as a starter ... led the team in rebounds seven times, including six in his nine starts ... blocked at least one shot in 13 of 19 games ... scored 10 points vs. both Coastal Carolina and at High Point ... had three blocks at Liberty.
High School/Prep School
Blue Ridge School in St. George, Va. (head coach Bill Ramsey) and Oak Hill Academy in Oak Hill, Va. (head coach Steve Smith) ... helped Oak Hill to a 29-4 record and No. 6 national ranking in 2009-10 ... averaged 4.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in 11 minutes per game for an Oak Hill squad that included Juwan Staten (West Virginia), Doron Lamb (Kentucky), Roscoe Smtih (Connecticut/UNLV), Baye Moussa Keita (Syracuse), Pe'Shon Howard (Maryland) and Keith Hornsby (UNC-Asheville).
His father, Guntars, is 6-8 and his mother, Inita, is 6-1 ... has two younger siblings ... sociology major ... full name is Martins Abele ... date of birth: 12/2/90.