Malik Martin is transferring from the University of Southern California, where he spent his freshman and sophomore seasons playing under head coach Andy Enfield. Could the 6-foot-11 forward potentially be headed to Florida Gulf Coast, the program that Enfield spearheaded for two years prior to his tenure at USC?
FGCU is one of many schools that has reached out to Martin since his decision to transfer was announced.
"I know a lot about the program, being from Florida. And Coach Enfield came from Florida Gulf Coast too," said Martin. "I know a couple guys on the team. I watched them against Stetson and a little bit in the NCAA Tournament. So I know a bit just from watching on TV and talking to the coaches for the past couple of days."
He's also heard from FIU, USF, UCF, Virginia Tech, and North Florida.
"It's important that I'm going to a program where I’m going to be a big part of and being one of the main guys on the team," Martin said.
Martin averaged 1.8 points per game this season while playing an average of 6.6 minutes per game. He started 15 games as a freshman with the Trojans in 2014-15 and posted a career high 15 points against Arizona while snatching down 6 rebounds.
The Miami, Fla. product was Scout's No. 12 ranked prospect from Florida in the 2014 class. Out of Faith Baptist School and previously Northeast High, Martin is familiar with some of the rising stars in FGCU's program.
"Zach, Antravious, and I are all from the same AAU team, Team Breakdown. My high school used to beat Zach Johnson’s high school every time we played", said Martin, making sure that last fact was included.
Planning on scheduling and taking visits after the Final Four, Martin could be seeing these former teammates sometime in the near future.
Due to NCAA transfer rules, Martin will be forced to sit out the 2016-17 season but has two seasons of eligibility remaining.