Scout’s 23rd rated point guard in 2017, Martin is a four-star prospect from Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon.
When college coaches are considering taking commitments, the question it always comes down to is who can the program get who is better?
In the case of Martin, he’s one of the top five point guard prospects in the west in 2017. The top two are Troy Brown, a Top 10 prospect who is nationally recruited, and Jaylen Hands, who is pledged to UCLA.
The other two are Arizona products in Saben Lee, who leans to Stanford, and Alex Barcello, who is a combo guard that is also being nationally recruited. After that, you have to go nationally before finding other point guards in Martin’s range, and they’re usually going to be heavily coveted in their region.
With Martin playing for one of the top high school programs on the West Coast in Sierra Canyon, being a player who is on path to being a high major prospect and considering getting someone of equal or better talent will be a challenge, there was every reason for the Sun Devils to move to get Martin committed early.
What kind of player is ASU getting in Martin?
A very quick point guard whose specialty is his vision, flashy ball skills and ability to push the pace in transition, if Martin can continue to learn to hone his skills into more efficiency than flash – an area he’s made strides in - he has the chance to be a very successful Pac-12 player.
He has decent size for the position and is very fast, as defenders have a difficult time staying in front of him due to his ball skills and quickness.
Earlier in his career Martin would often get in trouble making forced passes, over-penetrating and over-handling. These are areas he’ll need to improve at but he has gotten better.
Martin sees the court extremely well and uses his vision and handle to get open looks for teammates. He's a better shooter from midrange than three but isn't efficient with his jumper at this point.
Martin has shot 36.6% from three this spring on the EYBL circuit playing for Phoenix Phamily, which is a step up from last year and a big jump from how he started his high school career.
Ultimately, Martin will be as successful as his continued development as a decision maker and jumper allow him to be.
He has the physical tools and talent to be a very successful Pac-12 player. If he takes in coaching from Bobby Hurley and staff and continues to improve his feel and skill set, he should have a very productive career in Tempe.