For five-star 2013 prospect Malik Price-Martin, the interest is coming in from some of the top schools in the country. The power forward from Miami (Fla.) Pace High School has a trio of offers and numerous other schools in close contact.
At 6-foot-8 and 195 pounds, Price-Martin is one of the most versatile forwards in the class. He can play inside with his length and athleticism or on the perimeter with his ability to shoot and put the ball on the floor.
While he shows that versatility over the summer, Price-Martin sticks on the interior during the high school season.
"With my high school team I play more of a big man role," said Price-Martin. "I block shots and score in the paint. I really don't play on the perimeter that much or shoot that much since we have good perimeter players. Mainly I just play power forward."
He continued, "Even though I am not on the perimeter during the games, in practice I do a lot of guard work and skill work with my ball handling and stuff."
When it comes to his recruitment, there is no shortage of schools showing a significant interest. To date he has offers from South Carolina, Miami, and Ohio State, but other schools are also involved.
Two schools that have direct connections to Price-Martin are Ohio State and Louisville. His older half-brother, Jeremy Cash, just enrolled at Ohio State and will suit up on the gridiron for the Buckeyes next year while his former high school coach, Mark Lieberman, is now on the bench for the Louisville Cardinals.
About potentially going to the same college as Cash, Price-Martin said, "It would be good and most convenient since he is already there. I would have a place to stay and have somebody to hang out with. I have always liked the school and the way they play, but him being there is definitely something that helps."
When it comes to Louisville, Price-Martin says he likes the way that the Cardinals play.
"They are good," Price-Martin said of Louisville. "They play very similar to how we play at Pace. They play fast and get up and down. Their bigs are allowed to dribble and I like that. Also they do a lot of trapping in the frontcourt, and I just like the way they play."
While Price-Martin has made some unofficial visits and is taking a look at schools, he says that a decision is still a ways off.
"Right now I am just looking at everything and seeing who is in contact with me and who will stay in contact with me," said Price-Martin. "We don't have any kind of decision planned or anything, we are just looking right now."
When it does come time for Price-Martin to make his choice, style of play, academics, and location will all be very important. However he does make it clear that location doesn't just mean staying close to his current home in South Florida.
"I want to go to a place where one of my parents can see me," he explained. "My mother lives in Connecticut, so as long as one of them can come to my games that would be good."