Scoring: Martin is a unique athlete that uses his size in transition and in the half court to make open shots. He is an excellent knock down shooter from the outside, especially when he is in rhythm, and has a good feel for how to play out on the perimeter. Martin also does a great job of using his size to finish over smaller defenders and has great touch around the basket. His excellent shooting ability will make him an incredibly valuable piece on this SMU team and he could thrive next to a smart, skilled point guard like Emmanuel Mudiay.
Playmaking Ability: Martin isn't really a playmaker because he is more dangerous when playing off the ball. He can make things happen for his teammates, but needs to work on his ball handling and passing skills. Martin turns the ball over some and becomes very guardable when trying to create for himself in the half court. At times, Martin gets criticized for not playing with enough urgency on both ends, but his game is very smooth and efficient. Martin is tough to matchup with and will bring an interesting dynamic to the SMU offense next season.
Defense: Martin has excellent length and athleticism, but needs to bring more physicality to the defensive end. He averaged 5.2 rebounds per game last year at Xavier after being criticized for not hitting the glass hard enough his freshman and sophomore year some. Martin plays passing lanes pretty well and uses his long arms to collect almost a steal per game. He had much more potential as a defender coming out of high school, but Martin can still be effective on that end.
Side Note: Martin averaged 11.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game this past season, when Xavier went 21-13 and lost to NC State in an opening NCAA tournament game in Dayton. Martin shot 45 percent from the field, 37 percent from beyond the arc and 77 percent from the foul line. He played 28.2 minutes per game. As a graduate student, he won't have to sit out a season.
Measureables: 6-6, 205
Original Ranking: Committed to Xavier as a four-star in the Class of 2011. He attended Mountain State Academy (WV) and played for the Spiece Gym Rats in AAU. He was ranked as a top-100 recruit in his class nationally. He is originally from Indianapolis and began his high school career at Lawrence North (IN).Justin Martin Highlights
Scoring: Jones might be listed as 6-foot-8, but he plays like a shooting guard. He led the Aggies in scoring last season at 13.4 points per game because of his ability to make shots from anywhere on the floor. Jones is a good three-point shooter at almost 40 percent and does a great job attacking the basket with his size and strength. He is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses and loves playing in an up-tempo style. Jones would have to sit out one year before being eligible, but he will make a big impact wherever he ends up in 2015.
Playmaking Ability: Jones uses his ability to attack the basket to make plays and set up teammates for scoring opportunities. He has excellent ball handling skills, but needs to work on becoming a much more smart, polished passer and look to share the ball more often. Jones is very dangerous in transition because, even at his size, he has the ability to rebound the ball and push it down the court. Jones has his limitations as a 6-foot-8 guard, but he also creates a lot of opportunities for his team. The school that eventually lands him will get instant offense.
Defense: Jones never really made strides on the defensive end that most scouts expected to him to make after high school. His long, skinny frame was expected to help him transform into a dominant one-on-one defender, but he never really committed himself to that end. Jones has never averaged a block or a steal in his college career and doesn't crash the boards as well as he should for a player with a size advantage over every defender he faces. With better coaching, Jones may improve some on defense, but his game will always be more offensively focused.
Side Note: Jones has been to three schools in three years. He averaged 13.4 points (led the Aggies, tenth in the SEC), 3.9 rebounds and one assist per game last year. He is originally from Wynn, Arkansas and attended Searcy HS. Jones hasn't graduated yet, so he will have to sit out a year under NCAA transfer rules and has one year of eligibility left.
Measureables: 6-8, 190
Original Ranking: Committed to Ole Miss as a three-star in the Class of 2011, but only played in five games. The following season, Jones played for Lee College in Baytown, TX. He averaged 18 points, five rebounds and two assists per game, which had him rated as a top-five junior college recruit in 2013.Jamal Jones Video
Nico Clareth- SG, Calvert Hall (MD)
Scoring: Clareth is a dynamic scorer who can beat defenses in many different ways. He is a good outside shooter and has a quick release on his jumper. Clareth also loves attacking the basket and finishing in traffic with both hands. He takes and makes a lot of tough shots with defenders in his face, which is a good and bad thing. Clareth can be too selfish at times and have a poor shot selection, but overall his athleticism and ability to score the basketball from anywhere makes him an intriguing prospect.
Playmaking Ability: Clareth struggles making plays for others and keeping his teammates involved. Besides one or two highlight reel passes, Clareth has the mentality of a scorer and looks for his shot on almost every possession. His ability to stretch the floor shooting and collapse defenses with his penetration are both valuable tools to an offense, but Clareth needs to be on the floor with a more smart and efficient ball-handler to really be effective and efficient.
Defense: Clareth has the potential to be a good defender, but lacks the discipline at times. His athleticism and length helped him average two blocks per game last year and he crashes the boards well for a guard. Clareth has good instincts on defense and averaged one steal per game, but he takes too many gambles defensively that can cost his team. Clareth will get better on defense, but he will mostly be known in college for his scoring and shooting ability.
Side Note: Clareth plays for Baltimore's Finest in AAU and is currently averaging 17 points per game in this year's EYBL circuit. He averaged 14 points, four rebounds, two blocks and one steal per game at Clareth Hall as a junior last season. He hasn't visited SMU yet, but says he "looks up" to Emmanuel Mudiay.
Measureables: 6-4, 190
Ranking: Unranked in the Class of 2015.Nico Clareth's Mixtape