MSU Makes Strong Impression on Justin Martin

NBA stars like Steve Smith, Mateen Cleaves, and Shannon Brown strode alongside the likes of new commits like Garrick Sherman, Derrick Nix and the incoming freshman Delvon Roe and Draymond Green.

EAST LANSING - When they took the walk from the Breslin Center to Spartan Stadium, led by MSU assistant coach Mark Montgomery, it was a virtual who's who of talent from the past to the future.

NBA stars like Steve Smith, Mateen Cleaves, and Shannon Brown strode alongside the likes of new commits like Garrick Sherman, Derrick Nix and the incoming freshman Delvon Roe and Draymond Green.

Then there were the uncommitted prospects, LaDontae Henton, Alex Gauna, Trey Ziegler, Jon Horford and the brothers, Justin and Jordan Martin from Indianapolis Lawrence North.

GSN caught up with Justin Martin, who brought along his 7th grade brother Jordan, a future prospect in his own right, and talked about the gameday atmosphere in East Lansing just prior to the Notre Dame game.

"It was great fun, it was great running against some of the pros and it was a good experience," said Martin who mentioned he got to play a pick up game with Cleaves, Smith, Brown and a few other ex-Spartans.

Martin said that the walk over from Breslin was electric.

"Aw man, that was just great. Hearing the fans as we walked over chanting 'Go Green, Go White'. I could take that walk every day," said Martin.

What about a scholarship offer, have the Spartans brought one forward yet?

"They are waiting to get my parents up on campus, they want to talk to them and let them see what the campus and the program is like," he explained and added "they've been recruiting me for a long time, they've been watching me since the 7th grade."

Coincidentally, Martin's brother, Jordan, a 7th grader was on campus and Justin says that Jordan has been raving about how much fun it was to be on a real college campus.

He says he would like to return with his parents for MSU's homecoming game next Saturday against Iowa, but that circumstances may not allow it. Still he's committed to coming back to the campus before the end of the football season, perhaps for the Ohio State game.

Martin is AAU teammates with another MSU target, Blackhawk Christian shooting guard Russell Byrd. Martin said that at one time, he and Byrd, along with Dominique Ferguson, who committed to Kentucky talked about all playing there.

He says he hasn't talked to Byrd since the two last played together in AAU ball at the Nationals in Florida but expects to talk to him soon.

Martin maintains he hasn't started a list of schools but admitted, "Michigan State made a really strong impression on me."

So are they his number #1?

"I can't leak that kind of information out right now," joked Martin.


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