Martin 'blown away' by Louisville

Jarrell Martin, a four-star 2013 forward from Louisiana, visited Louisville this weekend and was 'blown away' by Rick Pitino's Cardinals.

Jarrell Martin, a four-star 2013 forward from Louisiana, visited Louisville this weekend and was 'blown away' by Rick Pitino's Cardinals.

"He liked it," Jeff Jones, Martin's high school coach,told "They have great facilities and Coach Pitino is an awesome guy. It was very impressive. He was blown away by Louisville."

Though it's early in Martin's recruiting process, Jones said that Louisville is serious player in the 6'7 junior's recruiting process.

"Wyking (Jones) has done a really good job of coming in and covering some ground with Jarrell," Jones said. "At the moment, Louisville would definitely be in Jarrell's top three, for sure. It was very impressive this weekend. Louisville obviously stands out."

Martin, who attended Louisville's win over DePaul, came away impressed with the Cardinals facilities.

"The thing that impressed him a lot was the arena, with 22,000 on an average night," Jones said. "The Yum Center is like playing in an NBA arena. Coach Pitino has been at it for awhile and he's had an opportunity to coach some guys who played at the NBA level. That was his most impressive trip to-date."

Martin has a strong list of suitors that include Louisville, Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State, NC State, Baylor, St. John's and Oklahoma State.

"Alabama and Louisville are probably the top two," Jones said. "LSU is in the top three. He hasn't visited Alabama yet, but we plan to visit Alabama soon and possibly NC State."

Jones said Louisville believes Martin could play a role similar to former stars Terrence Williams and Earl Clark.

"They think he could be in the mold of Terrence Williams, a big kid who can handle the ball, put the ball on the floor and allow them to make plays, get the rebound and initiate the break," Jones said. "He'd be a long athlete on the press like Walter McCarty and Antoine Walker."

Martin is having a huge junior campaign. He averages 24 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and five blocks, leading his team to a 22-6 record and a No. 5 ranking in the state.

"He's doing really well considering its his first year of varsity basketball," Jones said. "Friday night in our last game he had a triple double. He had 12 points, 16 rebounds and 11 blocks, it was one of his better all-around games. He's had high games this year of 28 points and 25 rebounds. He's seeing a variety of defense and everything is geared toward stopping him. He's learning to pass out of double teams. I move him around on the wing and the high post. He initiates the break."

Though Louisville has made a strong early impression, Martin isn't ready to make any decisions about his future.

"He won't make a decision until probably the end of the summer," Jones said. "Right now he wants to take some unofficial visits. I'd have to put Baylor in that top group. They're doing a great job recruiting him. There are seven or eight schools that he's interested in. He made a great visit to Oklahoma State and LSU has always been a favorite. Coach Grant at Alabama is doing a great job recruiting him."

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