Posted On: 05/11/18 4:31 PM
A rising freshman to keep a close eye on is Jaylen Martin.
The 2022 guard is a big kid at 6’4″, 180 lbs. and he excelled at a high level playing for Crossroad Academy this season. He played both middle school and varsity ball for the school. Averaging 23 PPG, 11 RPG and 3.0 APG, he dropped a 40-point game.
Martin called it a “pretty productive season.”
Just over a month ago, Martin earned his first college offer from Stetson.
On Stetson: “They like that I’m a big guard that can shoot and play defense. They see me as a shooting guard.”
Joining the Showtime Ballers earlier this spring, Martin is pumped to be part of the program.
“Playing for Showtime really challenges you to play your best every game because of the high expectations that they have for you,” Martin said. “The circuit helped my game grow by making me tougher. The competition is very tough so you have to play hard every play.”
Starting his basketball life at age 4, Martin suited up for local rec teams.
“I first started to really like basketball as I started going to my older cousin Zemaric Holt’s basketball games. I loved the environment and how there were always huge crowds of people,” Martin said. “Then ever since he passed away I always told my self I would play in his honor, then I took basketball seriously and realized how much I loved the game.”
In terms of his biggest strengths on the court, he pointed to his shooting, attacking ability and leadership. He’s aiming to improve his on-ball defense.
Having the size and strength at such a young juncture is a deadly combo for a 2022 prospect. Martin has the drive to be better and with Showtime, he’s able to lead his offense and play his game. Look for Martin to be a kid who continues to get noticed and make the most of his early opportunities.