As he grew increasingly close to making a commitment to Arizona State, four-star 2017 point guard Remy Martin kept coming back to the idea of playing for Sun Devil coach Bobby Hurley.
Ultimately, the 6-foot-0, 170 pound point guard at Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, California, found it to be too good of an opportunity to pass up.
"They started to recruit me very soon after coach Hurley got to ASU and we were able to build up that relationship over time," Martin said. "When I visited ASU I liked it immediately. I felt very comfortable there. The coaching staff and everyone else was very welcoming. It's a great place. Then in the last couple weeks things started getting very serious just as I continued to talk with coach Hurley.
"The more I thought about it, and from talking with my dad also, everything that I was looking for was at ASU and there was never going to be a situation that I'd have more confidence in than being coached by coach Hurley. How many point guards are going to be able to be coached in college by one of the best college point guards ever? That doesn't happen too much."
Martin is the second commit in the class for the Sun Devils, joining Daniel Mading, a 6-foot-9 power forward who plays for legendary high school coach Bob Hurley Sr. at St. Anthony in Jersey City, new Jersey. Martin and Mading are both four-star prospects by Scout.com, giving ASU a pair of such verbally pledged recruits earlier than any recruiting cycle this century.
Additionally, the Sun Devils now have five recruits in the fold over a two-class period who are each four-star recruits, as ASU signees Sam Cunliffe, Jethro Tshisumpa and Romello White were designed as four-star prospects in the 2016 class.
As Martin sees it, there's a unique opportunity right now for the Sun Devils that he wants to be a part of.
"To be able to play for Arizona State at this point in time is very appealing to me, especially as a point guard," Martin said. "I have the ability to be a spark for the program. I have the ability at the beginning of all of this and what they're building there and what I know will happen with the program. That's something I wanted to not only be a part of, but wanted to help lead as a player and as a point guard. I think that's the role of a point guard already and it will be very special to play that type of role with the ASU program."
A fiery player, Martin has earned a reputation for his court sense and ability to pass the basketball, and do so as a quick point guard with impressive ball skills and a high-revving motor. He's the catalyst for Sierra Canyon, which boasts one of the top power forwards in the 2017 class, five-star Cody Riley, and the No. 1 overall player in 2018, Marvin Bagley. Bagley, originally from Arizona, is the grandson of ASU legend Joe Caldwell. Martin and Bagley also play together on the Nike EYBL AAU circuit for Phoenix Phamily.
"I'm very competitive," Martin said. "I want to destroy everyone we go up against and that's the type of mentality we want to have as a team to just destroy anyone we play. Our goal is to go undefeated and we think that's possible with the team we have. We shouldn't lose a game. Our goal is to not lose a game and to win a state championship and then hopefully that [leads to] a national championship as well. But we want to control what we can control, which is to make sure every game we play, we are as ready as we can be and we are prepared to destroy the other team.
"Of course I want to play with great players and some of my teammates at Sierra Canyon but we are so close and we play together so much that we're not really talking about it like that at this point. We already have that relationship so when the time comes that Marvin is going to make a decision, we are going to be able to have a conversation about that easily when those guys are ready to do that."