After recently announcing that he was leaving the state of Arizona for his senior season and heading to play for regional powerhouse prep program Prolific Prep (CA), 6-foot-5, 195-pound senior guard Jared Martin has reached a college decision for himself.
After taking an official visit to the program this past week, Martin decided to end his college recruitment before the start to the high school season - giving a verbal pledge to Montana State University and head coach Brian Fish and his staff.
The commitment is a big one for the Montana State program, and came as a surprise for most people in the basketball community. Martin had received his share of college recruitment, and decided on Montana State over offers from UC-Santa Barbara, Loyola Marymount, Cal-State Northridge and Northern Arizona.
It was thought by our staff that Martin may be leaving to play for head coach Billy McKnight and a strong Prolific Prep (CA) program to improve his college recruitment, but that definitely was not the case. Instead it proves that Martin, who loves the game, rather is simply looking to compete against the best opposition and to improve himself as much as possible before entering the college ranks.
Martin had made the biggest jump in our recent player rankings for Arizona's 2018 class of prospects (Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report). Martin also helped lead his club program, Powerhouse Hoops Black, to a strong club season performance, which included a tournament championship at this year's Baylor All-Star Classic in Chicago, Illinois - defeating the historic Mac Irvin Fire in the event's championship game.
Martin was a top performer in this summer's Southwest All-American Camp - earning a Top 20 selection in the camp.
Congratulations to Jared Martin on his commitment from our staff here at Arizona Preps and also good luck from our Arizona Preps' staff for Martin on his future at Prolific Prep this high school season.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Martin is rated by our staff as the best pure shooter of the basketball in Arizona's 2018 class. His ability to shoot the basketball, combined with his size, overall offensive skillset and feel for the game, make him a very intriguing prospect for college programs across the country. Martin is a guard prospect with excellent size and a nice offensive skillset, which allows him to make shots from almost anywhere on the floor. He has a sweet shooting stroke with excellent range, which makes him very difficult to defend for opposing guards. He is a very good ball handler and passer that sees the floor, making him fundamentally sound - his best attribute as a player. Martin is also very deceivingly athletic. His nice bounce off the floor makes him a much more attractive prospect. A good team defender that can also play passing lanes. A good passer of the basketball that sees the floor and knows how to play the game. A very good, fundamentally sound prospect that will help any team looking to stretch the defense. Has a high basketball IQ. Transferring to Prolific Prep (CA) for his senior season.