The next few months loom very large in the recruitment of Ft Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas guard Martavis Kee. After capping off his strong junior campaign with a prestigious award, he is now focused on proving himself nationally on the AAU circuit this summer.
"We had a good season," Kee said regarding his high school team. "We lost in the semifinals to the regionals. I averaged close to 24 points and at the end of the year I won player of the year for south Florida. I play with Nike Team Florida during the summer and that's going good too. We have so much talent on the team. It's kind of hard because I'm playing the off-guard, but I think I play better with the ball in my hands. Basically the rest of team has been together since they were like seven years old, so most of the time the ball is in our other guard's hands. Usually I play with the ball is in my hands. I just have take advantage of it when I get the ball."
The attention aimed in Kee's direction has steadily increased over the past few months. He already had offers from Virginia Tech, South Florida, Clemson, and South Carolina, but now other programs are talking scholarship as well…including the University of Michigan.
"My high school coach has talked to Arizona, and he got a call from Kentucky too," Kee said. "I know Coach Price from Illinois came to a lot my games. I've been talking to coach Amaker too. I know he wanted to offer after seeing me play at Kingwood. He came to like all of my games. I performed well against the SYF Players and the SoCal All Stars. That was the main thing…him just seeing me play. They went so far in the NIT that he didn't really have a chance before. I know Coach Jackson came out to a couple of my games. Ever since then Coach Jackson just keeps me posted on what's going on. In the middle of July I'll know something. It all depends on his 06 class. The hard thing is so many kids in 06 de-committed and are looking at other schools now."
"Michigan hasn't fallen any with me," continued Kee when asked if
the Wolverines were still his leader. "My relationship is real good
with the Michigan coaches…especially Coach Jackson. We talk like
everyday. He lets me know where things are. He's not going to 'BS'
me. He's not going to just sit there and tell me everything I want to
hear. He's going to tell me how the process is going. He's real
with me and I like that.
With so many eyes on him, Kee knows he has an opportunity to prove how good he is. The spotlight won't be any greater than when he plays against some of the nation's top talent in Indianapolis in a few months.
"I really think it's going to come down to how I perform at the Nike All-American camp," said Kee. "There are no off guards there. Everybody is like a lead guard (laughing). Once you get the ball you better do something with it because you aren't going to get it from anybody else. "
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Kee in the coming weeks.