Visit Breakdown: Kelan Martin

2014 SLU target Kelan Martin checked out what the Bills have to offer this past weekend, traveling to St. Louis for an official visit. His father, Ken, broke down the visit in great detail with BillikenReport.com.

The Saint Louis Billikens got the first crack at 2014 top target Kelan Martin this past weekend. After deciding on three official visit locations, SLU batted leadoff and impressed.

"It was great," Martin's father Ken told BillikenReport.com. "The coaches, the facilities, everything there was great."

This was the second St. Louis trip in a short span of time for the Martins, but this one was more about getting to know the coaches and what to expect.

Butler and Texas Tech will also receive visits from the talented three-star power forward in the coming weekends.

Ken was quick to dispel the notion that the Billikens were late to the party in recruiting his son.

"[Butler and SLU] came in at the same time," he said. "I wouldn't say SLU was late at all. They saw him in Dallas and he did a really good job there and so they called."

That phone call to Ken from assistant coach Tanner Bronson helped lead the Billikens to the position they are currently in today.

"At first when he called, you think, 'Saint Louis...that's not a sexy name," he said. "But when I got to talking to him about Kelan's game, you could tell he watched him really closely. His evaluation of his game was absolutely on-point. He didn't tell me what I wanted to hear, and I liked that a lot. Other schools like Providence, Oklahoma, and West Virginia were interested but the coaching staff is what has kept SLU in there."

When it comes down to it, though, Martin wants to have a chance to see court time and at SLU there should be plenty of minutes available.

"I'd be lying if I said that wasn't important," Ken said of playing time. "SLU will be losing a lot of guys. Butler is in the same position and Texas Tech is trying to rebuild.

"Being a starter is irrelevant, but as a freshman you want to be able to come in and get playing time. Most of these guys start on their high school and AAU teams, so not being able to play for a whole year would be really difficult."

Despite the great visit to SLU, the Billikens must now hold off presentations from the Bulldogs and Red Raiders.

"We want to make sure the glove fits," Martin said. "When it comes down to it, that's the most important factor."


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