Doubling up

In his ongoing quest to upgrade Tennessee's basketball roster, head coach Cuonzo Martin is chasing prospects two at a time. For more on this intriguing approach, sign in now or subscribe to InsideTennessee.com.

Not content merely to recruit multiple prospects from the same team, Martin is chasing multiple prospects from the same household. The Vol boss is in hot pursuit of twin brothers Caleb and Cody Martin, talented 16-year-old sophomores from Davie County High in Mocksville, N.C. Scout.com rates Cody the No. 7 small forward prospect for the Class of 2014 and ranks Caleb No. 8.

The Martin brothers were scheduled to make unofficial visits to The Hill this weekend but had to postpone, Davie County head coach Mike Absher told InsideTennessee by phone.

"They couldn't visit this weekend; it was a matter of logistics," Absher explained. "We start practice on Monday, and they just couldn't work it out to be there. We spoke with (Assistant) Coach (Kent) Williams, though, and they're possibly going to visit during basketball season and maybe attend a Tennessee home game."

Both siblings stand 6-6 but Cody carries a bit more weight (200 pounds) than Caleb (193).

"They're both wing players," Absher said. "Caleb actually played some point last year. Cody's more of a slasher, a little more inside oriented sometimes. Both are true wings as far as being able to shoot it, pass it and dribble it. They're both very skilled at all three of those."

The coach said the brothers averaged around 9 points each as freshmen last fall. Their potential seems virtually unlimited, based on a shared sense of dedication and determination.

"They've very driven, very competitive and they have a work ethic that I would put up against anybody's," Absher said. "It's one thing to be talented; it's another to continue to work and make yourself better. They are such competitors. They don't like to lose. They're mentally tough kids. They're good students, and they're really a joy to coach."


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