Posted On: 10/8/18 12:09 PM

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Vanden has one of the stronger junior class’s in Nor-Cal, and 6-foot-2 point guard Ra’shjon Martinez is a guy that makes them go.

A true point guard with a penchant for finding his teammates for open buckets, Martinez explained what is about his playing style that makes him one of Nor-Cal’s most exciting point guards.

“I feel like I’m a good distributor and I can get the ball to my teammates for a good look. And also, playing with my brother (Jhaylon Martinez), I’m good at distributing to the the big-man. And I’m a pretty good shooter, like shooting off the catch from 3-point range,” said Martinez, who also mentioned hoops IQ and defense as strong suits.

This past spring and summer, the talented floor general was playing with Team Arsenal 16U, and says playing against the excellent competition helped him in a multitude of ways.

“It was good exposure, we played against really tough teams, and it went pretty well,” said Martinez. “I improved playing against really good talent, it helped prepare me for college level and helped with my confidence.”

In just over a month, his junior season will begin at Vanden; leadership and and a team-first attitude is what Martinez says he’ll bring to the table.

“I’m looking to be a leader on the floor, and this is a really big year for me, so I just want to play hard, and take my team as far as I can,” he said. “I’m always willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win.”

As for his recruitment, it’s been Loyola Marymount, Cal State Northridge, UC Irvine and Howard in the mix so far, “They’ve been in touch with my parents and we just talk,” said Martinez.

“Hopefully, I can end up at a college where I feel comfortable and get get some playing time, and it’s like a family there and it’s like a good community and very positive.”