Pitino watches Martin

Louisville's Rick Pitino compared four-star 2013 forward Jarrell Martin to a former NBA all-star after watching him play last week. What impressed the Cardinals coach the most about Martin's play?

Jarrell Martin made a recent unofficial visit to Louisville. Last week, Rick Pitino traveled to Louisiana to watch the four-star 2013 forward play. Louisville's head coach came away impressed, comparing Martin to a former NBA all-star.

"He had 28 points, 14 rebounds, 5 blocked shots and four assists," Martin's HS coach, Jeff Jones, told InsideTheVille.com. "He had a pretty good game. He was really active. Coach Pitino said he was impressed with his ball skills for a kid 6'9 being able to put it on the floor, make plays and create for others and get to the rack at his size. Coach Pitino gave him a very complimentary comparison to a young Antoine Walker, which was very flattering. He was impressed with his guard skills and ability to knock down the midrange shot."

Jones told InsideTheVille.com last month after Martin's visit to Louisville that the Cardinals were one of the top schools on his list. That hasn't changed.

"He's still very attracted to Louisville, but it's still relatively early in the process for him," Jeff Jones said. "Louisville is still definitely one of his top schools and Coach Pitino came down to watch him play and that was big."

Jones said he doesn't expect Martin to make a college decision anytime soon.

"He's not going to make a decision until after the summer is over," Jones said. "This (Pitino's visit) helps Louisville cover some ground and they've covered a lot of ground and passed a lot of schools that have been on him for a quite a while. Louisville is very impressive. Coach Pitino is very impressive. Coach Pitino coming was big and Wyking Jones is doing a great job."

Alabama coach Anthony Grant also recently was in the gym to watch Martin play. Jones said his standout will make a visit to Tuscaloosa in February.

"At the end of the month we're going to watch Alabama play Mississippi State and check their campus out," Jones said.


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