BERKELEY, Calif. -- 2017 three-star prospect Remy Martin scored the first four points in the Division 5 CIF title game on Friday, then, after finishing on a lay-up, pressed, got the steal at mid-court and put in yet another lay-up. He scored Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon’s first six points, as the Trailblazers got out to a 14-0 lead, and as he tallied five forced turnovers in the first quarter in the Trailblazers’ 80-55 win.
“It’s a big energy boost, that confidence that you can bring, just from defense, steals and all those things,” said Martin. “They add up, and people don’t understand the fact that defense is really big, and those little things, like rotations, those things are really big, and that’s where I got most of my steals – rotating and stealing the ball. My coaches do a great job of staying on me on the defensive end.”
Martin claims offers from UCONN, USC, UCLA and North Carolina State, and on Friday, he had the California coaching staff watching him, as well, as they did over the summer during the AAU circuit.
“It’s big. I just go out there and play my game, and if they like it, they like it,” said Martin, who’s now 6-foot, 180 pounds. “If they don’t, they don’t. I’m still going to be me. Playing in their gym, on their beautiful campus, I love this school. This school’s a great school. I just go out there and do what I can.”
Martin is still young, and recruiting hasn’t really heated up for him just yet, but he’s got the speed and athleticism that are going to attract more high major attention, and if he keeps growing, his profile will continue to, as well.
“I think they want to see the energy that I bring,” Martin said. “I bring a lot of energy. I like to score, I can pass, I can pretty much do everything, and whatever they need me to do, I’m just going to go out and do my best.”
Martin finished the game with 7 total steals, a game-high 19 points, 2 assists, one block, a 6-for-12 shooting performance from the field and a 7-for-8 night from the free-throw line. He also added 5 rebounds.
“My coaches, we pride ourselves on defense,” Martin said. “Defense is a big part. We don’t win this if we don’t play defense, so I took it upon myself to dig in and get those steals. I knew it’d be big for our team.”