With the recent addition of Scout100 recruit Romello White, Arizona State has secured its best recruiting class since 2007. Head coach Bobby Hurley still likely isn't done with 2016 recruiting though, with at least one more addition likely in the coming weeks.
Even so, the Sun Devils have long been hard at work on 2017 recruiting as well. They have already secured a commitment from four-star Scout100 Daniel Mading, and now are close to landing a second four-star pledge in the class from Remy Martin a 6-foot-0 point guard at Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, California.
Martin and his father Sam Martin visited ASU late last year after beginning a dialogue with Hurley and the Sun Devils. Since then, things have continued to progress in a positive direction for ASU and a commitment is now seriously under consideration.
"The reason we took the visit in the first place was because of coach Hurley's resume," Sam Martin said. "The fact that he's done it at a high level, he knows the game and he's got so much information that he can give Remy to make him a better player. He would be foolish to not be really, really thinking about the offer. That's what sparked the whole initial interest, coach Hurley. If you can't respect coach Hurley's game, you can't respect the game of basketball.
"So we loved the campus, love coach Hurley, the rest of the staff, coach (Rashon) Burno. They've treated us really well. Coach Hurley, he comes across as a very sincere man. That honesty thing, it kind of jumps out at you. He makes you believe what he's telling you is the truth. As a parent you feel comfortable saying, 'hey, I trust this man with my son.' That's really big."
The No. 5 ranked point guard in the West and No. 25 prospect at the position nationally, Martin has attracted high profile interest, with reported scholarship offers from Connecticut, Georgetown, Kansas, Marquette, N.C. State, Texas and USC in addition to the Sun Devils. There are no plans to visit other schools in the immediate future other than a return trip to ASU in mid-June. If that goes well things could potentially progress into a commitment.
Martin already spoke with academic advisors and even ASU's Vice President for Athletics Ray Anderson on his initial visit to the school. It all received high marks, an indication that the relationship will only be further strengthened on a subsequent visit according to Sam Martin.
"We really got a good vibe about the whole situation," the elder Martin said. "They were very interested in making sure Remy gets his degree and that he's a student-athlete. He's really into business management. He's got a 3.3 to 3.4 GPA. He's doing well at a very strong school. Sierra Canyon is not an easy school by any means. He attacks the books like he attacks the game. Knowing they're going to hold him accountable to that is a good feeling. I'm telling you, the visit was really great.
"To be honest I really don't know if he'll visit other schools this summer. If we decide to go ahead and commit to ASU, then more than likely no. But I really don't know. He's got six or seven other high major offers and if we continue on the path he may get a few more in the weeks to come, but at the top of the food chain is ASU. To be totally honest with you, the fact that ASU checked all the boxes, it's almost a no brainer. It's extremely close (to a decision). We plan on taking another unofficial to ASU, sometime next month, have another conversation and we may even go ahead and locked it up (with a commitment) before July."
A quick point guard who has impressive vision and ball skills, Martin is a tough player to defend on the perimeter. But it's his physical evolution in recent years that has surprised his father.
"It's still surreal because he's made some strides that even I didn't see coming," Sam Martin said. "Just in the athleticism department of the game, his athleticism has really taken off. I'd have to say a lot of that, 90 percent of that, has to do with his trainer he's been with a long time (Zephrini Lee, father of Scout100 2017 recruit Ira Lee). He's helped him jump out of the gym. When you've got a 5-foot-11 guy two-hand dunking, a lot of that is due to Zeph's work with him."