Kenyon Martin, Jr. trying to follow in father’s footsteps

Kenyon Martin, Jr. is an athletic 2019 power forward from Southern California with a familiar name. Here's an intro to his game and recruitment.

One of Southern California’s top power forward prospects in 2019 is a familiar name.

Kenyon Martin Jr., the son of former NBA All-Star Kenyon Martin, Sr., is a 6-foot-6, 185-pound sophomore out of West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade.

Martin, Jr., who has grown a couple of inches over the last year, is an athletic four man with a high motor who finishes above the rim, rebounds and blocks shots.

“When I catch the ball I really look at the basket trying to attack,” Martin, Jr. said. “If not I try to swing the ball and get my teammates involved. I want to improve at shooting and dribbling.”

Kenyon Martin, Sr., has been a consistent spectator at his son’s games and has offered plenty of advice along the way.

“He tells me to play my game and to not try and do things that I can’t do,” Martin, Jr. said. “He tells me to come out every game and play hard no matter what.”

Washington and West Virginia have sent Martin, Jr. letters, while he hopes to hear from another program.

Duke is my dream school,” he said. “I like their environment, I really like how Coach K coaches and I like all the players who went there and became successful.”

When his recruitment picks up, Martin, Jr. has an idea of what he’ll be looking for.

“I want a good environment, academics, good coaches and teammates,” Martin, Jr. said.

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