Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis has produced a lot of highly recruited players over the past five years. One of the most naturally talented is 6-foot-7 wing, Justin Martin. On Sunday afternoon Martin made a visit and decided to commit to an already impressive class.
Big wings who can shoot the ball are always in demand, and that is what Martin brings to the table. As the number 83 prospect in the country, Martin has proved himself against some of the top wings in the country over the past two years.
Originally Martin committed to Louisville, but he opened things up in May, and now in August the four-star wing is back off the board, as he committed to the Xavier Musketeers.
Xavier finished as the runner-up to Louisville the first time around, but his relationship with assistant coach Travis Steele as well as new head coach Chris Mack put the Musketeers over the top.
"I decided on Xavier because I felt it was the best fit for me and it is close to home with playing time and a good coaching staff. I have a real good relationship with everyone on the staff and it seems like it is just a family atmosphere where I can be successful."
Being recruited hard for so long by Xavier gave Martin an extra sense of comfort with the school, "Coach (Sean) Miller and Coach (James) Whitford did a good job and everything, and Coach Mack and Coach Steele did a good job as well. Both staff's recruited me hard. It just made me feel really comfortable with Xavier."
Already Xavier has one wing committed in the 2010 class in Jay Canty, but Martin feels that he and Canty can be very effective on the floor at the same time.
"They just told me that Jay is not really like me," Martin explained. "He is more of a slasher and driver. I am more of a scorer. They said we complement each other well. Both like to get out in transition and score, so it should work well."
Martin is now the third top 150 commitment for the Musketeers who also have a pledge from Jordan Latham to go along with Canty and Martin.