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NBPA TOP 100 HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL CAMP: RECRUITING NOTEBOOK (MIKE YOUNG & JARELL MARTIN)
by Alex Schwartz
Both players also made their way to the University of Virginia last week to participate in the NBPA Top 100 High School Basketball Camp, where NBE Sports had the opportunity to talk recruiting with each of them.
Jarrell Martin, a 6-foot-8 power forward, has a list that is mostly comprised of schools south of the Mason-Dixon Line. That certainly makes sense, considering he goes to Madison Prep Academy in Baton Rouge, La.
In addition to local LSU, Martin listed scholarship offers from Louisville, Marquette, Alabama, UCLA, Texas A&M, Texas, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, and Baylor. Martin said that there are others schools who have offered that he could not recall.
“Not right now,” Martin said of whether he has any favorites.
The big man, who averaged 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds a game in camp action, also said he has no timetable for a commitment and that location will not be a factor in his decision.
“I don’t really know,” Martin said of who is coming at him the hardest. “They really talk to my high school coach.”
Despite his rightful status as a big-time basketball player, Martin actually grew up playing football.
“I started playing basketball my eighth grade year,” Martin said. “I started playing last year [in an] organized [setting].”
Mike Young, a 6-foot-9 forward, is in the opposite situation as Martin. The big man from Pittsburgh (PA) has a list mostly comprised of schools above the Mason-Dixon Line.
Young listed offers from Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Miami, Florida, St. John’s, Xavier, Georgia Tech and Marquette. He is also hearing from Baylor.
“No, I like them all the same,” Young said of whether he has any favorites at this point.
Young, one of the top rebounders in the Class of 2013 with a rapidly exanding offensive skill set, averaged 6.8 points and 4.0 rebounds a game in the camp. Although he may not be favoring anyone at this point, Young does know when he plans to make his choice.
“Before the high school season,” Young said. “Before my senior season I’m gonna commit.”
Speaking of his senior season, Young will be transferring from Hudson Catholic (NJ) to St. Benedict’s (NJ), which is where he spent his sophomore year.
“Last year I got to see them play a few times,” Young said of why he is going back to St. Benedict’s. “I like the way they play . . . I liked St. Benedict’s when I was there, just with the coach getting fired [I decided to leave].”