2005 Prospect: Martell Webster

With so many of the top seniors already committed, it's time to start looking at some of the elite players from the Class of 2005. Martell Webster isn't a bad place to start.

Seattle is becoming a hotbed for up-and-coming basketball talent. First there was Marvin Williams. The next ``Can't Miss" star is Martell Webster (No. 2, TheInsiders.com).

The 6-5 1/2, 213-pound Seattle Prep junior swingman is a big-time scorer who has a similar demeanor to Williams. Both are humble, soft-spoken and don't really yearn for the headlines.

``I was totally unsatisfied with my summer," Webster said. "I hurt my quad before the Big Time and struggled there and then went to California and I didn't get any better."

Despite not performing up to his own expectations, Webster is clearly an elite player in the Class of 2005 – and has a chance to be The elite player. Currently, Tasmine Mitchell is the top-ranked player in the class, but there's a chance that Webster could move into the top spot before it's all said and done.

``He's clearly one of the best two or three players in the country," said a Division 1 assistant coach. "He's the type of guy that can lead you to a national championship."

While Williams was always hesitant to go out on a limb and name a leader, Webster has little hesitation.

``At this point, it's Arizona," he said. "That's my top school, but I also like North Carolina, Oklahoma and UCLA."

Despite his favoritism for Lute Olson's Wildcats, this one is far from over.

``I've still got a whole year to look into background info and you never know, things may change," added Webster.

``He's a big-time player," Williams said. "The sky's the limit for him. He can play and is right up there with the best players in my class. He can shoot the ball, plays great defense and loves to win."

Webster's life hasn't been without obstacles and he attributes his tough road to one of the reasons why he's flourished.

His father has never been in his life and his mother, Cora McGuirk, disappeared when he was 5 years old and her body was never found.

``It's hard, but my grandmother has made everything a lot easier," Webster said of 81-year-old Beulah Walker, who has taken care of Webster and his brother. ``She's my pride and joy."

Webster played with Friends of Hoop this past summer and comes off a junior campaign at Seattle Prep in which he averaged 18.6 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and two blocks per game.

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