Cartier Martin, a 6-7, 200 pound combo forward from Nimitz H.S. in Houston, Tex., committed to Kansas State on Thursday after considering the Wildcats, Kentucky, Oklahoma State and Texas this fall.
On Thursday night, Rivalshoops.com caught up with Martin for a quick question and answer session regarding his decision.
Here is a transcript of that interview.
Rivals Hoops: Who did it come down to in the end?
Cartier Martin: It was down to Oklahoma State and Kansas State.
RH: So had you knocked Kentucky and Texas out of the picture.
CM: I hadn't quite knocked Kentucky out, but it was just that those were my top two, Oklahoma State and K-State. Texas wasn't out of the picture either, I just felt that Kansas State was the better place for me.
RH: Can you elaborate on that, why you picked K-State over some of the other schools?
CM: They all had good programs, I just felt something a little different from Kansas State. I would have liked to attend all of the schools, but I can't.
RH: Where does Kansas State see you fitting in?
CM: I am going to play the two or three. But if I have to go to the four, it's not going to do anything but help my game my improve. However they want to play me. I am probably going to play the two/three, but if I have to do a little post work, I'm fine with that.
RH: You took a bunch of official visits this fall?
CM: Yeah, I went to Texas, Oklahoma State and Kentucky. I visited Kansas State back in the spring.
RH: What is it about your game that Kansas State really likes?
CM: I have the possibility of coming in at the three and having a major impact on the team. I feel like I can come in and do that. If they just give me the opportunity to come in and show what I can do.
RH: What are some of the things you feel you need to work on before you get to college?
CM: Well I just need to hit the weights a little bit more. I know that when you get to college, it's not high school players. I need to get in the weight room and improve on my muscle. Otherwise, I will be fine once I get there.
RH: Any individual skills that you would like to sharpen up?
CM: Well, I just need to get my ball handling skills better and get my shot off quicker. Other than that, I am an all-around player.
RH: Are you going to sign next week?
CM: Yes sir, on the 13th.
RH: I know you were in summer school working on your grades. Are you still working on the test as well?
CM: I made a 900 on the SAT. So I am qualified. I just need to finish up strong in the classroom and get my GPA a little higher.