"I didn't care about it," he said. "I knew I could play."
The move to Oak Hill really benefited Cody. Playing alongside other talented players, Martin was able to transition to the wing after playing center at Mocksville (NC) Davie County High School.
"I loved it," said Martin, laughing. "Moving to the wing, I got to show all of my game. I was able to shoot more jumpers, dribble, and set up guys. It helped my confidence and my aggression.
"By the end of the season, I wanted the ball in my hands. I think that's why I had such a good year."
His play was pivotal to Oak Hill's success, and down the stretch, he was arguably their top performer. Because of this, his ranking soared, as he finished ranked No. 66 overall and a four-star recruit by Scout.com.
"I know a lot of people doubted me," Martin said. "It was nice to prove to them that I can play."
Arguably the biggest win for him came against Findlay Prep in the semifinals of the High School National Tournament. Martin scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, mainly squaring off against top talents Rashad Vaughn and Kelly Oubre. The Warriors overcame a 14-point second-half deficit to secure the win.
"That was a huge win for us," said Martin. "We didn't go on and win the title, but to be down like that and keep fighting, it meant a lot. Plus, they were talking a lot of junk which made it even better.
"I couldn't make a shot in the first half, but I kept competing, going at them."
Martin's next challenge will be at NC State where he and his brother, Caleb, join Abdul-Malik Abu in the Wolfpack's three-man recruiting class. Obviously Cody is familiar with Caleb's game, but he also has seen Abu in action a lot too.
"Man, his game is nice," said Martin. "He's a beast. He can jump out the gym and plays real physical. I like his game a lot. What I like most is how hard he plays, and he will do a lot of the dirty work.
"That's how I play too. I'll dive for loose balls, rebound, take charges... whatever it takes. Abdul is like that."
What did Martin think of this past season for the Wolfpack?
"I thought they played well," he said. "They were young, and I don't think a lot of people gave them much of a chance, but they still made the tournament. T.J., he got into a groove, and they really played well late.
"I still can't believe we lost that last game to Saint Louis. That one was tough."
As for his first year, he's just hoping to make his presence felt.
"I'm ready to get to work," he stated. "I think we can have some good chemistry this year if we all work hard and compete. I know I have to work hard for my spot."