Martin's recruitment picks up steam

Like thousands of high school players across the country, Kenny Martin was hoping that his play this month would increase his visibility to potential suitors. After the first half of the July evaluation period suffice to say that the Glendale (Ariz.) Kellis forward has easily accomplished that feat.

Arizona State and Long Beach State are the only schools, according to Kenny Martin, who have offered him to date. That is more than likely to change as the forward prepares for the second half of this month's AAU tournament circuit.

"I've been talking to Minnesota, Washington and a bunch of other schools that all said they liked me," Martin stated. "I'm expecting some of them to offer me this month but I don't know which ones. I was at Syracuse's camp last month and they said that they were going to look at me too.

"I'm pretty happy right now with my recruiting and my confidence level has gone up. I just had ASU and Syracuse looking at me before these (July) tournaments started and was expecting maybe one more school to look at me. Now I'm just blown away with all the calls I'm getting from all these schools. Each of our games there were like 15 different schools scouting there." Thus far in July the 6-10 210 forward has played with his AAU club, the Arizona Aces, in the Pangos Sweet 16, Double Pump and All-West camp events held in Southern California. This weekend Martin is scheduled to participate in the Fab 48 in Las Vegas, and later this month will play in the Desert Duel in Gilbert and GBOA in Los Angeles.

"I played in probably 17 games so far," Martin remarked, but I don't know my stats and I'm not the type of person that keeps track of that stuff. I just play the game."

As a junior Martin averaged 12.9 ppg 10.9 rpg 4.8 bpg for the 22-4 Cougars who were eliminated in the 4A-I semi-finals.

"Coaches like my speed and they say that I can run up and down the court like a guard," Martin said. "They also like that I can handle and the ball and shoot from the outside. But they also like I can play defense and rebound. I do need to work more on my inside game and get in the weight room and bulk up.

"I don't try to model my game after any player, but a lot of people say that I play like Dirk Nowitzki. I don't see it, but everybody else does. I guess because I have the long blond hair and the beard like he does…"

Martin took an unofficial visit to Arizona State in June and is being recruited by assistant coach Lamont Smith. As someone who has followed the hometown team Martin sees a lot of potential in the Sun Devil squad.

"Even though they started talking to me last month, I wasn't expecting them to offer and I was very excited when they did," Martin admitted. "I think I would fit in very good there. The coaches think that if I came there I could run with Jahii Carson and get up and down the court, and be a smart player in the rotation.

"ASU is a good program and I think they can be better than they were last year. They have good coaches and their team is just young. But once they win some games and get more experience they will be better."

Martin indicated that after a couple days of rest he and the Aces will resume practice tomorrow as they prepare for the rest of this month's tournaments. The forward undoubtedly will be fielding several phone calls from various colleges in the next few days as well.

"I am still having fun with the recruiting process," Martin commented. "It hasn't gotten crazy yet but it will probably get that way real soon. I just want to step back and wait before I make my decision and see what other colleges are going to offer. I don't care if I stay in-state or go out of the state.

"I might decide here in a few weeks or so or I might take some visits first."

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