USA Camp: Martell Webster

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Martell Webster isn't at 100 percent here at the USA Basketball Festival. He's rusty, having not played competitive ball since February, and is struggling with the thin air.

"It's hard being at 5,000 feet above sea level -- I can barely breath," Webster said. "But I guess it's a good way to get in shape."

And while Webster isn't at the top of his game, he's working on shedding the rust of four months off the court, the result of a broken foot suffered late in his high school season.

"I didn't play much at all - only times I've touched the court is a couple pick-up games . I've been training a lot more than I've been playing," he said.

Part of that training has included bulking up. The once 195-pound wing a couple years ago has put on a considerable amount of weight.

"I'm at 235 [pounds] - and I'm not going to get any bigger than this," said the 6-6 rising senior from Seattle.

There has been little national coverage of Webster by recruiting sites over the past year - partly because he doesn't answer the phone and partly because there's the perception that he's going to commit to Arizona.

"They are my highest interest right now, but I haven't taken a visit yet so we'll see how it plays out," Webster said. "I just like the style Lute [Olsen] plays. Not too much strategy - it's pretty simple.

He lists five other schools -- Washington, UCLA, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Duke - noting that he's talked to the head coaches from the three former, but not the two latter.

He plans on visiting Arizona once school begins in the fall, and a commitment to the Wildcats shortly thereafter is a distinct possibility.

"Yeah, there's a chance." Webster said. "If I get a gut feeling then I'll go with that, but if not I'll sit down after I take all my visits and see what fits me the best. Right now it's Arizona, but things change."

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