Reebok: Martin reels in offers

PHILADELPHIA – He says they don't do it too often, but it does happen. That's coaches and fans comparing Josh Martin to another Washington product, Jon Brockman.

But Josh Martin will continue to draw those comparisons at least occasionally, given that he hails from the same state and because his game does bear some similarity to the former Washington star. Like Brockman, Martin is a strong and bouncy forward who possesses surprising straight-up leaping ability for a powerfully built insider, and like Brockman he competes with a non-stop mentality.

Naturally, then, he drew early attention from the Huskies.

"U-Dub has been on me since my freshman year," Martin said at the Reebok Breakout Classic. "They offered a long time ago and they do talk about Brockman some and our motors, but they tell me I have more flexibility and more passing and handling skills."

Martin doesn't possess overwhelming quickness or shooting range, but he has the coordination to step away from the painted area to exploit occasional mismatches. He's at his best inside, however, exploding for straight-up dunks and frequent reverse slams that draw and-one opportunities.

His recent play has begun to bring in more Pac-12 and regional schools along with a couple more than 1,000 miles away.

"I've got offers now from Washington, Florida State, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Cal, Cal-Poly, Oregon State and Gonzaga," he said. "All of them except U-Dub have come in over the last month or two."

But does anyone else have a chance? That's a real question. Here's a hometown kid with a Pac-12 offer, so can anyone move the needle sufficiently to take his heart out of Seattle?

"I wouldn't say that I have a leader," he said, "but I'm really tight with (Washington's) coaches and players. That's why I do have a tendency to lean toward them, and I'd like to stay close to home."

That quote suggests there may be a leader after all, but Martin is quick to note that he's not ready to decide or suppress his options.

"The thing is, if I'm out of state it doesn't matter how far out of state," he said. "Going to Oregon State is the same as going to Florida State as far as distance is concerned. The main thing is to just make a good choice and go somewhere that can help me get to the next level."

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