Martin: "It's About Competition"

HAMPTON, Va. -- Team Loaded wing Caleb Martin was one of the top performer's at this past weekend's Hop Group Southern Jam Fest. The NC State commitment talks with Pack Pride about his recent play and transferring to Oak Hill.

Team Loaded wing Caleb Martin was one of the top performer's at this past weekend's Hop Group Southern Jam Fest. At 6-foot-6, Martin is a dangerous 3-point shooter who can also score off the dribble, defend multiple positions, and create for others.

All those reasons are why Martin is considered a Top 40 prospect nationally in the 2014 recruiting class.

"I just try to come out and play my game," said Martin. "We have a great AAU team, one of the best out here, so all I have to do is my role and not really try to force things. I'm going to try and do as much as possible, but playing with my brother and some other great players makes it easy."

Martin and his brother, Cody Martin, recently received some huge news when they were informed that they had been invited to participate in the NBPA Top 100 Camp in mid-June in Charlottesville, Virginia. For Caleb, it's been one of the events he has always wanted to participate in.

"That's big right there," he said. "You know all the top players will be there, so I'm going to try and go to it and show everyone what I can do."

Caleb has really started to emerge this spring and is being recruited by NC State to play shooting guard while his brother is expected to start out at small forward. However, Caleb believes Cody's game is getting to the point where he can play some shooting guard as well.

"People label him as a small forward, but we practice to be wings," he stated. "Cody can can dribble and shoot just as well as any wing out there, but his mid-range game is amazing. He's starting to stretch it out to the 3-point line where he's becoming more comfortable.

"He's hitting almost all his three's right now... it's crazy. At the tournament before this one he was hitting almost all his shots."

The Martin twins committed to NC State last fall and they will enroll in the fall of 2014, but it won't be directly from Mocksville (NC) Davie County, the school they attended their first three years of high school.

Recently the duo decided that they would be attending Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy for their senior season. A national power, Oak Hill has produced numerous NBA stars, and Wolfpacker Tyler Lewis and signee Lennard Freeman both attended the academy.

"It's a hard move, leaving home and the fans we have at Davie County," said Caleb. "But, that fanbase will support us no matter what we do. We already have people telling us they'll be up to see us a lot.

"For us, it's about competition. Like my coach said, I can't really do much at my school but practice against Cody so moving up there will be better for us in practices just as much as the games.. it will definitely help us improve as basketball payers and also help with our academics. We can't wait to go."

With his commitment behind him, Caleb is just enjoying playing basketball. College coaches may be in the stands at various events, but he doesn't feel the pressure some uncommitted recruits might feel having to impress coaches as they look to earn scholarship offers.

"It's a relief," he said. "I don't have to come out here and try to impress anybody. I can just play my game and work on my game. Coach Gottfried and coach Moxley still come to our games and watch us, and they can give us some pointers on things we can work on before getting to State."


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