Martin: "I'm More Confident"

HAMPTON, Va. -- Team Loaded wing Cody Martin was confident about his team's chances at winning last weekend's Southern Jam Fest, but he completely understands why they came up short.

Team Loaded was defeated in the playoffs handily by Raleigh (NC) Garner Road, who received solid play from NC State head coach Mark Gottfried's son, Cameron Gottfried.

"We started off good and playing well, but in the final game we started flat," Cody Martin told Pack Pride. "To play a team like that you can't come out flat and try to turn it on late. It's hard to come back and win those games. We have to fight through it and be ready for the next tournament."

Next up for Martin and Team Loaded is the Big Shots tournament held this weekend on VCU's campus in Richmond, Virginia. He'll be joined by his brother, Caleb Martin, as the two could be playing their last AAU event before heading to Charlottesville, Virginia for the highly-regarded NBPA Top 100 Camp that features the nation's top high school players.

"We have been waiting on that invite forever," said Cody. "We're just blessed to be invited to it. We're going to take advantage of it and show what we can do. We're going to keep working hard and be ready for the great competition."

Cody has definitely been working hard on his game. Known for his ability to make shots, and plays, from 15-feet and in, he has been knocking down 3-pointers and attacking the basket much more frequently from the perimeter, and it will only help the Wolfpack commitment as he moves on in his career.

"In high school my brother was mainly on the perimeter so I would work more inside," he stated. "I was so used to the 15-footer, driving and rebounding, but then when AAU started I began to work on my three-pointers and ballhandling, and it's carried over. I'm more confident in my shot.

"Now I'm going to try and add weight. That's what I want to do next... and continue to work on the mid-range and my footwork, shooting... really everything. I want to be able to create shots for myself."

His improvement should be aided by the change in high schools. Cody and Caleb are heading to Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy for their senior season.

"I'm a momma's boy," said Cody, laughing. "It's not going to be easy, but I think it's going to be good move for us. To see the players that have come through there, it's going to really prepare us for the college level.

"The workouts are going to be intense. You're playing guys the same height, the same speed, can do everything you can do... maybe better. It just makes you work even harder. Everyday and every workout is going to get you better and more prepared for the next level."

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