Indiana Blue Chipper Intrigued by Sun Devils

Basketball is a religion in the Hoosier state, and one of its top prep players has been receiving interest for a quite a while now from the maroon and gold. Devils Digest talked to Scott Martin about his recruitment with ASU.

Scott Martin is a four-star prospect from Valparaiso (Ind.) High School. He's considered a late bloomer, but has already received a bevy of scholarship offers. Naturally, hometown Valparaiso University offered, as well as Ball State, Northwestern, Purdue, Indiana, Michigan, and USC. Arizona State extended its offer in April, and thus was one of the first players head coach Herb Sendek targeted when he arrived in Tempe. "I talk to the ASU coaches a lot," said Martin of his recruitment with the Sun Devils. "I like Coach Sendek and I'm intrigued by the Princeton offense. I would like to learn more about it."

Martin stated that he would like to try and visit ASU in August or September. While he acknowledges that it will be a long trip, he's open-minded in terms of how close or far from home to play. "As far as playing away from home I'm not for it or against," he explained. "If it's right situation, I'll do it."

The ASU prospect poured in 20.3 points per game in his junior year, and grabbed seven rebounds per contest during that same period. The Vikings finished 21-3, with their last loss coming in the regional championship game. Martin is listed as the 14th best shooting guard in the nation by, but personally sees himself at the other wing position. "I'm more of small forward who likes to drive to the basket a lot," he said of his skills, "but I'll post up or shoot the jumper if that what the defense dictates. I want to be a better shooter and ball handler – you're never as good as you should be in those areas." He added that his biggest basketball role model is Dirk Nowitzki.

Next month Martin and his SYF Players AAU club will play in some of the top summer tournaments such as the Nike Camp and Peach Jam. When the AAU circuit ends he plans on narrowing down his choices and possibly pulling the trigger in late summer/early fall. "I talked to my high school coach and parents, and we decided that it's best to make a decision before the season starts," he remarked. "That way I can concentrate on the state championship."

Martin carries a 3.3 GPA and is awaiting his SAT score.

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