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Martin James Bodnar

A big part of Marty Bodnar's formative years involved basketball. There were those wondrous times as he and brother Mark, and Carter Scott, guided Barberton to the heights of Ohio high school basketball, winning a state title as juniors in 1976. Marty and Mark played alongside each other for four seasons and then took turns starring at Michigan. Those basketball exploits helped Marty and Mark earn enshrinement in the Barberton Hall of Fame in 1987. As a Wolverine sophomore he scored 18 points and made an assist on an 15-foot buzzer beater that led to a victory over Northwestern; scored a lay-up as time expired to beat No. 8 Illinois; and tossed in a 22-footer as the final gun sounded to beat Indiana. He highlighted his junior season when he scored 12 points and sank two decisive free throws with 58 seconds on the clock to lead Michigan to a victory over No. 16 Marquette. As a senior, Marty sank two free throws with 14 seconds to play in a win over Dayton and hit a 20 footer with five seconds on the clock to defeat Minnesota in double overtime. In addition, he turned in a scintillating defensive effort against Isaiah Thomas and made two free throws in the final minute to help UM defeat Indiana; and lofted a left-handed lay-up with two seconds left in overtime to beat Michigan State. In the classroom, Marty compiled a 3.58 GPA in economics and earned first team on both the Big 10 and the national CoSIDA Academic All-America teams. Marty, who is director of ticket sales for UM, and his wife, Renee, have two children, Rachel and Jacob, and make their home in Saline, MI.

Inducted 2001 | Basketball