Many of Arizona's top-rated prospects in the 2013 class are now falling off the recruiting board. As late as it now is, many of the state's top unsigned prospects are just beginning to sign with the schools of their choices, as college programs scour the state for anything left that is available that may be able to help their programs for next season.
One prospect that saw his recruitment begin to pick up late this spring was Westwind Prep Academy 6-foot-10, 250-pound senior post player Miles Martin. Among the biggest post prospects still available this spring in the West, Martin flew well below the recruiting radar for many college programs. Much of the reason for this recruiting omission was a result of Martin missing a lot of playing action during Westwind's season, as he nursed tendinitis in his knees.
Martin played this season for Westwind Prep's National High School Team, on a loaded team of future college prospects. The team included such players as 6-foot-1 senior guard John Marshall (Southern Utah signee), 6-foot-8 junior guard/forward Zylan Cheatham, 6-foot-9 junior post Connor MacDougall (Arizona State commit), 6-foot-4 senior guard Josh Braun (Grand Canyon University signee) and 6-foot-3 junior guard Tate De Laveaga (Northern Arizona commit).
Throughout the spring recruiting months, Martin saw his college recruitment begin to emerge as such college programs as San Jose State, Idaho State, Iona, Western Illinois, Western Michigan, Cal-State Fullerton, UC-Riverside and numerous division-II programs began to show strong interest in the strong low post prospect.
Martin would compete with his club team, the Arizona Magic Pump N' Run-2013's - a team of unsigned senior prospects. Martin would compete with the team in several exposure events this spring and make a recruiting splash for himself, as college coaches would get their first glimpse of the post prospect.
After looking over his recruiting options, Martin, a native of northern California, has chosen to accept an opportunity to play for San Jose State next fall and new head coach Dave Wojcik and his basketball staff. Wojcik recently accepted the position as new head coach at San Jose State after a successful stint as an assistant coach at Boise State University.
Martin transferred to Westwind Prep in the fall of 2012 after playing his first three years of high school basketball at Homestead High School (CA).
Arizona Preps' scout Chris Buchanan had this to say about Martin's ability to play the game: Miles has one of the best college-ready bodies I saw on any player this spring. His massive shoulders, long arms and upper body strength allow him to grab rebounds over his opposition. He is very solid around the basketball, as he gets constant put-backs for his team. If he can develop a go-to post move and knock down the 15-foot and out jump shot, the sky is the limit for this kid.
Congratulations to Miles on his commitment to play for San Jose State next season, and having the opportunity to return close to his home in Northern California to begin his college career.