[rl]Back in late June, five-star forward Jarell Martin cut his list of suitors down to ten.
Now that the summer has come and gone, the 6-foot-9 senior from Baton Rouge (La.) Madison Prep isn't in any hurry to narrow things down too much further or set up visits.
Actually, the No. 13 player in the 2013 Rivals150 will be waiting until the spring to make his decision. His high school coach Jeff Jones broke down his player's reasoning.
"He decided to wait until the spring in order to give himself time to thoroughly evaluate the schools on his list and watch them play this season," Jones told Rivals.com. "This is such a big decision that he didn't want to rush into it. He wants to be able to take his time and also enjoy the recruiting process."
While he hasn't made any huge changes to his list, Martin has cut his list of schools down a bit leaving Alabama, , Louisville, LSU, Oklahoma State, St. John's, Texas A&M and UCLA as the seven programs left standing with a chance at landing him in the spring.
After using the months of April, May and June to catapult himself into five-star status, Martin proved again in July that his play was no fluke.
He's got great size at 6-foot-9, runs the floor, has athleticism and is finding the perfect blend between his inside/outside game.
"I think Jarell really matured this summer from a basketball standpoint," said Jones. "He played well against top level competition. He has solidified himself as one of the most versatile players in the country.
"Adidas Nations circuit and camps such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Pangos really helped him this summer."
Jones sees the positives in Martin's game. But, he also sees areas that still need work and his player is back in the gym getting to work on improving them before turning his attention back to recruiting.
"I feel he did a great job of rebounding, getting to the foul line and stepping out and showing his perimeter skills," said Jones. "He just needs to continue to work to get a little more consistent on his jump shot and he will be even harder to defend."