2014 Intro: Caleb & Cody Martin

Caleb and Cody Martin are identical twins. They're not identical basketball players.

Cody, one minute older than Caleb, likes to drive to the lane and finish through contact. Caleb is more perimeter oriented and has a more consistent jump shot.

College coaches aren't always quick to recruit twins, however. Yes, coaches get two players for the recruiting effort of one, but they also run the risk of crowding their roster with players of similar skill sets. Elvin Edmonds, head coach of the Martin's Team Loaded 16U AAU squad, says that isn't an issue with Caleb and Cody.

"They're pretty equal," he said. "Caleb can play the "1" through "3" and Cody can play the "2" through "4". Both play decent defense, are good rebounders and have a tenacity about them. Plus, they may grow a couple of inches, so no matter what they aren't taking up the same spot."

What the 6-foot-7, class of 2014 twins both have is athleticism, skill and versatility. So much so that, despite being 32 months from enrolling in college, the Mocksville, N.C. natives are already receiving plenty of attention from high-major programs across the country.

"We have offers from Wake Forest and Virginia Tech," Caleb said. "It's really exciting, but my mom has always taught us to never get a big head, to keep your head straight. She says, ‘There's always someone better than you out there and so that's why you have to work to get better.'"

Their desire to improve manifested itself recently, when the Martins participated in the Under Armour Grind Session in Chicago. The event featured some of the top players, regardless of class, in the country.

"There were a lot of great players down there – a lot of height and lot of width," Caleb said. "People there get your game better. The drills they do -- it's a great experience. The whole entire organization, the whole entire program was just great."

Going to big cities like Chicago, traveling to tournaments with Team Loaded on the AAU circuit and hosting assistant coaches from across the country are things the Martins say they probably wouldn't have done without basketball.

"Being from Mocksville, I didn't know that we were going to have as many looks as we have," said Caleb. "Every time I go somewhere people ask me where I'm from and they don't know because it's so small."

This fall, the Martins have traveled to Wake Forest, North Carolina State and attended UNC's season-opening football game against James Madison. They plan to visit Tennessee on Oct. 29.

Along with NCSU and Tennessee, Clemson, South Carolina, Xavier, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and Kansas have shown interest significant interest in the Martins.

The mutual interest between the Tar Heels and the Martins is still in its early stages. UNC assistants dropped by a workout session at Davie County High School during the summer.

"It wasn't much," said Caleb. "We said a couple of words and thanked them for coming and giving us the opportunity to have them watch us workout."

Caleb and Cody have decided they'll attend the same school because of their close relationship and their familiarity with each other on the court. They wouldn't mind if that school was UNC.

"It's a good school and not too far from home," said Caleb, who sometimes works as the brothers' spokesperson. "They've had some pretty good seasons over the years and the basketball program is good. The coach is good and the school is really nice."

"We've been with my uncle a couple of times (to UNC's campus) because he's a big UNC fan. We've been to football games and basketball games – the fans are really nice and the Smith Center is just really nice too."

The Martins attended UNC's 103-54 win over St. Francis (Pa.) on Jan. 2. It was UNC's third-highest regular-season scoring performance in 2010-11 and its third 100+ point performance since the 2008-09 NCAA Championship season.

"Their offense is fast-paced and that's what we like," Caleb said. "We don't like playing half-court offenses unless we have to. With North Carolina, the ball is constantly moving. Eventually if you run that kind of offense, you're going to get easy baskets. We just like to run."

This early in the process, as expected, the Martins are keeping their options open. Though, if UNC decides to show more interest, it could have some help from the Martin family.

"We don't know what school we want to go to – we're going to let the process play out," explained Caleb. "Most of my family has been Carolina fans, so I basically grew up on Carolina. Ever since we were little we've been UNC fans."

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