Playing at Jacksonville (Fla) Providence Christian School, Wayne Martin was in the spotlight this season. Providence Christian was one of the top teams in the country, and Martin stepped up as a junior. Now the combo forward is receiving a ton of recruiting interest, and one SEC school sits at the top of his list.
At Providence Christian a lot of the attention was focused on Kentucky commitment Stacey Poole and Florida pledge Patric Young, but Martin also did his part. The wiry combo forward played his game all season long.
"I had a good year," said Martin. "It was great. Playing with Patric and Stacey definitely helped me out a lot. I thought I stepped up to the plate and played big down the stretch when the team needed me to."
Some have pegged Martin as a face up power forward who is slightly undersized, and others see him a legitimate small forward. For his part, Martin doesn't like to let himself be pigeon holed into one spot.
"People put me at the power forward position, but I just see myself as a guy who doesn't really hold a specific position, I feel like I am versatile and can play multiple places," explained Martin. "I feel like I am a Shawn Marion type of guy who can play all over the court at all times. I try to mold my game in that way."
Due to his versatility and athletic talent, Martin is receiving significant attention on the recruiting trail, and one school in specific has asserted themselves as his leader.
"Recruiting is blowing up," said Martin. "Virginia Tech, Clemson, Ole Miss, Miami, Arkansas, Memphis, USF, UCF, Florida, Florida State, and others are talking to me."
He continued, "At this point I am definitely leaning to Ole Miss. Coach (Andy) Kennedy and Coach (Michael) White, they are just phenomenal coaches and individuals."
While Martin definitely likes Kennedy and White as coaches, he feels that currently Ole Miss is the school that fits him the best all around.
"I like their style of play," Martin explained. "I just feel like I fit in perfectly in that run and gun style of play. It allows me to use my athleticism and length. Also the guys they are bringing in like Dundrecous Nelson and the big kid Demarco Cox, I just feel like I could go there and fill my role and hopefully make a career."
Though Ole Miss has the lead, Martin says he remains open to other schools, and is in no hurry to make any kind of decision.
"I am definitely not close to making my decision, but as of now I don't think there is a place in the nation where I fit in better than Ole Miss," said Martin.
For now Martin is focused on getting ready for the summer and making an impact on the AAU travel circuit. He is hoping to show people how much his game has grown over the course of the last year.
"I feel like a lot has changed since last summer," Martin said. "I am pretty sure a lot of people saw me as a straight four, so a lot of people are going to be surprised by what I show them. I am going to be on the perimeter pretty much all the time now. My shooting stroke and my ball handling are much improved. I am definitely looking forward to surprising people this summer with what I can do."
Currently Martin is viewed as the No. 92 prospect in the country and No. 16 power forward.