LNH Insights: 2014 Gopher Commit Josh Martin
October 1, 2013
The Minnesota Golden Gophers received their first verbal commitment for the 2014 basketball recruiting class. On Monday evening, 6’7” forward Josh Martin announced his decision to attend the U next year.
- Some things we like: Solid frame, defensive rebounding, scoring ability when attacking face-up near basket, athleticism.
- There is some achievable growth that we should see during his years at Minnesota. In that regard, Martin will be a good opportunity for Pitino and staff to display their skills in developing players.
- Before last season Martin transferred to Bothell (Seattle metro area) and teamed up with star point guard Zach LaVine. A prolific scorer in high school, LaVine is now enrolled at UCLA as a freshman and more will be needed from Martin.
- Like many young players his size, there is a desire to play as more of a wing forward as opposed to a traditional power forward role. At this point we think Josh should focus on his strengths which would slot him closer to the ‘4’ rather than the ‘3’.
- On offense he’s crafty off a quick dribble and bounce near the rim. A strong kid, Martin can throw down with authority.
- Where Martin has room for improvement is with his back to the basket down low and jump shooting out toward the perimeter. Again, we don’t project his outside shooting to be a big part of his game in college, but if defenses have to respect his perimeter game it will certainly help him and the team overall.
- Defensively he’s athletic enough that he’ll be able to block some shots and earn steals, but how well he transitions to the college level will determine how quickly he earns playing time. Foul tendencies will be key to watch.
- Josh should be able to contribute nicely on the defensive boards with his good strength and athletic ability.
2013 EYBL Selected Advanced Statistics (calculated by Late Night Hoops)
Martin played with Seattle Rotary (3-15 record in 2013). Be mindful of all the caveats of these numbers. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results!
Josh wasn’t a big part of the scoring game plan (%Shots of just 15.3%; Seattle had three players with %Shots of ~27% or more) and struggled a bit with turnovers.
On defense his 4.5% blocks and 2.2% steals were good, although 5.3 fouls per 40 minutes were on the high side.
Martin only attempted 8 3-pointers all season (2/8 for 25%) and converted 50% of his 2FG tries. His 49.1% free throw percentage included 57 attempts and was similar to what he shot during the 2012-13 high school year.
We often comment that we don’t care a lot about free throw percentage, but 50% is too low. If that figure is closer to 60% we are comfortable and Martin’s ability to draw contact and get to the line is a big plus (so long as he can shoot around 60% or better from the charity stripe).
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