Jan. 15, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State's Doug DeMartin was selected in the second round, 22nd overall, by the Kansas City Wizards in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft held on Thursday (Jan. 15) in St. Louis, Mo. DeMartin led the Big Ten this past season with 17 goals and was named Big Ten Player of the Year.
"I got a call from my agent, who was at the draft, and he said he saw my name come up on the board," DeMartin said. "I was really surprised. I was just hoping to go somewhere, so, to be drafted in the second round is pretty exciting."
DeMartin, a Mason, Mich., native is the fifth Spartan to be taken in the MLS draft since 2005, joining John Minagawa-Webster (2005), Ryan McMahen (2006), Kevin Reiman (2008) and Rauwshan McKenzie (2008). McKenzie is currently a member of the Wizards.
"Getting drafted by Kansas City was one of the really cool things," added DeMartin. "I was hoping to get the opportunity to play with someone I know and getting to play with a former teammate is great. It will be a real help and I'm excited."
DeMartin's 38 career goals and 85 career points both rank fifth on MSU's all-time list. His 17 goals this past season were the most by a Spartan since Tony Keyes registered 28 in 1968. In addition to being named First-Team All-Big Ten, DeMartin was also named Offensive Player of the Big Ten Championship as he scored the deciding goals in two games to lead MSU to the conference tournament title. He also became the second player in the Joe Baum era to garner All-America accolades as he was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America(NSCAA)/adidas All-America second team.
DeMartin also excelled in the classroom and was rewarded by becoming the first player in program history to be named First-Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America.
"It is well deserved for Doug," said MSU head coach Damon Rensing. "He worked hard for five years and is a self-made player through his training and dedication. We are extremely happy for him and his family. I think it is also a tribute to Joe (Baum) and a credit to what he has done with the program."
DeMartin plans to report to the team in Kansas City this weekend before heading to Florida with the club for training camp in late January.