2010 Intro: Justin Martin

Despite being a talented sophomore with interest from a host of high major programs, Justin Martin is forced to play some J.V. at Lawrence North.

Just before the high school season Justin Martin competed in the Pangos All-Midwest Fresh/Soph camp in Indianapolis. Facing off against some of the best underclassmen in the Midwest, Martin played his best ball and took home the MVP award.

"I think it got me a littler tougher and it made me wake up and realize that people like me and I can really do some things," Martin, a standout at Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence North, said.

Martin, a sophomore, plays on a high school team equipped with a handful of Division-1 prospects, including Stephan Van Treese, Dominique Ferguson and Jeff Robinson (Purdue).

"It's fun and it's interesting too," Martin said about playing alongside so much talent. "In practice you have to adjust, but it makes it easier in the game playing against bigger and stronger guys in practice."

"Dominique's probably my favorite to go up against because he's just as athletic as me and knows the angles to take and how to block shots."

With the amount of talent the Wildcats have, Martin, a 6-foot-6, 195-pound wingman, splits time between junior varsity and varsity.

"I think it's gone pretty well," Martin said of his sophomore campaign. "I've started to get better towards the end of the season and I've really started to take it more serious towards the end of the season."

"If I had to give myself a grade I'd probably give myself a B for the season. I think that my passion improved towards the end of the season and I've really gotten a few parts of my game stronger."

Martin is slowly becoming a hot name in the Midwest. He's already heard from Michigan State, Xavier, Illinois, Purdue, Southern Illinois, Kentucky, Wake Forest, Valparaiso (offer) and Indiana State (offer). He's also taken a pair of unofficial visits.

"I've been to Purdue and I've been to Michigan State," Martin said. "So far I've enjoyed all of my visits. I like what I've seen so far."

Martin, who will start the playoffs on Friday, will play for the Spiece Gym Rats again this spring and summer. The talented wing said they'll kick off their season in Arkansas at the Real Deal on the Hill.

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