Martin Pays Beilein a Visit

It's no secret that Michigan head coach John Beilein covets shooters. When one emerges right in his back yard, it's a safe bet that the Maize & Blue will be on him. That's why it comes as no surprise that the Wolverines have been showing interest in Birmingham (MI) Brother Rice guard, Kevonte Martin.

“I’m money if I’m left open,” said the 6-1, 180-pound Martin. “That is the approach I take when I shoot the ball.  I feel like I am going to make it every time.  I’ll play D for you too.  I’m a good leader too.  Not real vocal though.  I lead by example and I am hard worker.”

The Michigan coaching staff observed many of those traits on display this spring on the AAU circuit and saw enough to invite him to campus in early May.

“Coach Jackson and Coach Beilein saw me at King James,” Martin recalled.  “They saw me playing, and I guess they liked me.  I shot it pretty good that game.  They called my coach.  We played on Sunday and then that next morning Coach Jackson was up at our school.  He got all my information, my transcript… all of that.  I went up there the following Friday.  They took me through and met Beilein.  He told me to keep working hard.  He told me to keep doing what I am doing, just keep working hard.  Don’t get the big head and keep it up in school because he is big on academics.  That is another reason why I am considering Michigan. I watched some film, met the players, all of that.  It was pretty good.”

The film review made a strong and favorable impression talented 2010 prospect.

“They are all about shooting, shooting, and more shooting,” he said.  “That is all they do is shoot the ball.  That is right up my alley.”

Aside from Michigan, Martin also reports interest from Michigan State, Penn State, Notre Dame, and Iowa State.  He hopes that interest will grow based on strong performances over the summer. Beilein & company will certainly be among those observing his progress.

“We are going to be playing at St. Cecilia, Oakland University and we are going to Central Michigan for a team camp.  At OU, I might miss it, because I am going to go to Michigan’s Elite camp.  (Michigan) is also going to probably see me at the Peach Jam in July.”

When not on the hardwood this summer, Martin will be busy honing his receiver skills on the gridiron.  Despite a down year statistically, he is also interest from college football coaches.

“Last year our starting quarterback went down, so I had my sophomore quarterback playing with me,” explained Martin.  “So I only had one touchdown last year, a few receptions.  It went our way.  Our quarterback came back, tried to make a run but we lost in the first round.  But I’m still hearing from some schools.  Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Notre Dame, a little bit, and Boston College.  I have nice hands, run good routes, decent speed… about a 4.5 which I need to pick up…and I’m a good blocking receiver.”

Martin’s already busy athletic schedule will get even busier, as he attempts to squeeze a few football visits into his itinerary as well.

 “For football, I am going to be going to Michigan State’s junior day, which is June 20th,” he reported.  “I’m to go to Illinois too.  If my boy from Brother Rice goes, I am going to ride with them.  Indiana, I am not going to be able to go to.  Right now it’s Illinois and probably Michigan State.”

GoBlueWolverine will have more on Martin in the coming days.


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