The Winchendon School's head coach Mike Byrnes told us last night that the summer will be a very important time for his center Martin Iti.
"Martin has great upside," Byrnes said. "If he is able to put his game together he is going to have a lot of schools after him."
Byrnes said that Memphis and Louisville continue to keep in touch. "They want to see him this summer like everyone else," Byrnes said. "Martin will be a the ABCD camp and will play with the Pump brothers. So everyone will have a good chance to watch him play."
Iti, a 6-11 center from The Winchendon School in Massachusetts, had Louisville caoch Rick Pitino already up to speak to him. "And coach (John) Calipari has been by also to talk to him," Byrnes said. "Memphis and Louisville right now are his top two schools."
Iti is big. He is a little raw but improving his skills game by game under Byrnes at The Winchendon School. The junior center from Australia saw his playing time decrease over the final couple of months during the season because, according to the Green Waves' Byrnes, Iti hit the proverbial "wall."
Rivalshoops.com watched Iti play five times this season. Iti certainly has the skills to be an impact player a year or two down the line on the college level. Iti has a year to prove himself. He has a chance. Iti has the skills and a nice touch. It's finding that level of intensity each time he steps on the court that will improve his chances to be a big time player.
There was recruiting interest this past winter by Cincinnati, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Syracuse. The summer will determine his list for sure.