St. Louis 2013 Post Player Drawing Interest

The Fighting Illini have recruited the St. Louis area hard during the Bruce Weber era and continue to do so. One of their targets is Hazelwood Central power forward Jordan Martin. He is a junk yard player who loves doing the dirty work and is particularly effective on the offensive glass.

Jordan Martin is an undersized 2013 post player who fights hard on the glass for each and every rebound. Illinois has been tracking him since last season. Martin shares the contact Illinois has had with him.

"They sent me a letter, and they have come up to my school before my AAU season started."

The 6'-7", 190 pounder likes the Illini program.

"They play inside-out, and they push and run a little bit. I like the atmosphere."

He continues to work on his own game.

"I have been trying to work on my face-up game. I can knock down the mid-range, but I am mostly a back-to-the-basket guy."

One of the best aspects of his game is his offensive rebounding. He is a high energy player who fights hard under the hoop for rebounds. His skill set is improving in the post, and he has nice footwork. At times he will struggle against length.

What specifically does the Hazelwood Central star believe he will bring to a college team?

"An intense player that does the dirty work down low."

He lists the schools recruiting him the hardest right now.

"Loyola, Detroit, SLU, Mizzou, Illinois, Missouri State, Georgia and Iowa."

His offers come from Loyola, Detroit and SLU. SLU is going hard after him, attending his games. Martin says Mizzou is at the top of his list right now despite not offering yet. He enjoyed his trip to their elite camp recently. Illinois still has plenty of time, as he is not looking to make a decision soon.

"I would like to make my decision at the end of next high school season heading into AAU."

Martin has played on both the St. Louis Eagles 16's and 17's this spring and summer during the EYBL. The 16U team made it to Peach Jam while the 17's struggled, but the experience he gained playing up will help him down the road.

"It went pretty good. Playing with the 17 and Under team in the EYBL has been a great experience. It makes me better. I think since I will be playing with our 16's next year again in the EYBL, it will help me be a leader with that team."

He also participated in the prestigious Nike Elite 100 for the top underclassmen in the nation.

"It was a great experience playing against the best players in the country."

Martin is looking to take all of these experiences and bring them back to his high school team this season.

"I am looking forward to becoming more of a leader and taking control of my team."

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