The 2013 UCLA basketball recruiting class has yet to take shape. The coaching staff has only one commit under their belt — a damn good one, mind you, in point guard Zach LaVine — but there are a lot of top players considering UCLA as a legit option.
One of those top prospects is five-star Jarrell Martin, a 6’7” wingman out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and he’s currently the 17th best prospect in the nation, according to ESPN.
Normally, we give you guys a video, but remarkably, Jarrell Martin seems to be flying under the radar, at least in comparison to most five-star prospects. Instead, we’ll give you a summary of some recruiting profiles on Parker.
What do they say about Martin? He is what you’d ask for in a wing at the college level, pretty much. The dude’s a top-tier athlete; the scouts love the dude’s hops and they like his ability to catch and shoot off the dribble. He’s also got a hell of a motor (do they use that term in basketball recruiting?), but that’s something that can hurt Martin to a degree because scouts seem to think he’s too jumpy to play in a half-court offense, and one that UCLA plays regularly.
They do say, though, that the dude has tremendous potential. He’s raw, or so they say, and he needs work on developing his basketball skills.
The fact that he’s a five-star prospect is no joke, though. What he lacks in skillset he makes up for in pure, untouched, unpenetrated talent. We know that for a player to be successful at the college, he must develop his basketball IQ and become at technical basketball player in addition to an athletic one.
Right now, Martin has all the talent in the world, so we hear. Here’s hoping he can build on that at UCLA.