Chris Martin is a standout guard at Saint John’s High School in Washington, DC. He will enter his junior year this fall and should gain notice among national coaches while he competes in the ever competitive WCAC.
Playing in the DMV area breeds competitiveness for young players looking to stand out, Martin says, “It’s very motivating, it makes me want to get better everyday.” Seeing older guys such as; Kevin Durant and Mike Beasley make it big time is also motivating, “Seeing those guys pushes us, and we see we can make it big from here, too.”
If there is any pressure, Martin faces a little more than most as he is the son of former McKinley Tech and Georgetown standout, Billy Martin. “It’s a little bit of pressure, but I think some of that is taken off because we play different positions. I’m a point guard and he was a forward. Maybe if I was the same type of player it’d be there more.” Martin is also following in the footsteps of former Saint John’s star, Chris Wright. A current Georgetown Hoya. “I’ve embraced that, too. I’m kinda playing the same role as Chris Wright was, scoring and setting up teammates.”
Currently, Martin is playing in the famed ROCK summer league for DC area high schoolers. I spoke with Chris after his game last night and he reported back with about 25 points. He is also playing with the DC Assault AAU program. Competing on the 16 and under gold squad. “We could be doing a lot better, coming together has been tough with little practice time. And this year it’s a totally new team.” On the team is Quinn Cook, Martin’s backcourt partner, who Martin says is the toughest player he’s faced so far. They will be competing in Las Vegas and Phoenix to round out the summer.
As for college, Martin is looking to make a decision next spring or fall. Currently his school lists includes; Villanova, Wake Forest, Clemson, Seton Hall, George Mason, Xavier, NC State and Georgetown. Chris has taken unofficial visits to; NC State, Wake, Villanova and Georgetown. He noted that he’d prefer the ACC and Big East and to stay on the East Coast or Midwest.
In order to prepare for playing point guard in college, Chris says he needs to work on, “Free throws, being a leader, and shutting my man down. I need to make a statement on defense.” Currently, Chris feels his strengths are, “My court vision, shooting, mid range and long range, and getting to the basket.” Chris notified me that he has begun getting in the weight room at least twice a week to increase his strength.
Academically, Chris looking at law school and would one day like to become a Sports Attorney.
For the immediate future, Chris’ goals this upcoming year are to finish in the top 4 of the WCAC, and lead his team as he will return as one of three, three year varsity players.
With his bloodlines and eagerness to compete, Chris Martin is a name to remember in the future and would be a great addition to any University.