IU Unofficial Likely Coming for Martin

Valparaiso High School standout Scott Martin talks about a possible unofficial trip to the Bloomington campus in the immediate future and the chance to meet IU Coach Kelvin Sampson for the first time.

Kelvin Sampson and the Indiana coaching staff are continuing to recruit the state of Indiana. Sampson has his eyes on another player from Valparaiso, Ind., shooting guard Scott Martin.

"I haven't met Coach Sampson in person, but I've talked to him on the phone several times," said Martin. "I may go down there this weekend to see Indiana. I've been down there before because I went to the ELITE camp there. So I have an idea of what it's like, but I'm sure it's a little different with the new coaching staff and all."

Indiana is one of many schools to offer the 6-7, 190-pound Martin. He also has offers from Northwestern, Valparaiso, Ball State, Michigan, Purdue, USC, Bradley, Xavier, DePaul and Arizona State.

"I like having the ability to choose the school that is right for me," said Martin. "I'm not going to have to worry about going to a school because they were the only one to offer me. I have to chance to look at all aspects of each program and find what fits me best.

"I'm going to take a long look at the academics of each school. I don't know what I want to study, but I know I want a strong education."

Martin is currently playing on the Gary, Indiana-based SYF AAU team that also features Indiana targets Robbie Hummel (Valparaiso, Ind.) and E'twaun Moore (East Chicago, Ind.). The trio already has Indiana's attention and is garnering more after an impressive start to the AAU season.

"We've been playing real well," said Martin. "We just won the Nike Memorial Day tournament. That was big for us. We got second at the Kingwood Classic tournament at Houston. We've had a real nice spring. We've talked before about where we all might play in college because we all play on the same AAU team and see each other all the time. (Hummel) told me about the Indiana-Duke game what the atmosphere was like. How crazy it was."

With the school year almost over for Martin, he will spend the summer tuning his game for another crack at the Indiana 4A state title after Valparaiso took an early exit in last season's tournament, losing in the regional championship game. The Vikings finished 21-3, but return almost the entire team for another run next season.

"I'm working on everything," said Martin. "Nothing is good enough for me right now. I wasn't good enough and our team wasn't good enough last year to win it all. Right now I'm working on everything so we can get to where we want to be.

"It's exciting to know we have a chance and all the hard work we've put in our entire lives up to this point is finally going to pay off."

With the expected visit to Indiana coming this weekend, Martin will add the Hoosiers to a list of five other schools he has seen thus far.

"I've gone to see VU, Northwestern, Michigan, Purdue and Ball State," said Martin. "I'm just taking it all in right now. I'm going to make a decision before the winter season starts so I need to know what each school is like. I want to have the process over before the school season starts so I'll be able to focus on winning a state title."

Martin will spend most of the summer traveling with his AAU team, but he does plan on making one camp during his summer.

"I'm going to the NIKE (All-America) camp, but that's it as far as camps go," said Martin. "It will be my first time there, but I'm excited because it's a unique opportunity to play against the best guys from everywhere, the whole nation. I think it will be a good chance for me to see where I stack up."

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