June 15, 2010

Combo forward talks official visits, names leader

Wayne Martin's summer travels are over for now.

The three-star forward, who plays AAU basketball for a Memphis-based team, has returned to Jacksonville, Fla., to begin preparations for his senior season.

Meanwhile, the wiry combo forward is seeing his recruiting intensify as the start of the fall signing period begins to loom closer. Still, one school continues to hold a strong edge for the 6-foot-7 standout.

"Ole Miss is still in the lead for me," Martin said. "Of course, a lot of schools have shown more interest, but Ole Miss is out front. It's definitely the coaches at Ole Miss. (Assistant) Coach (Michael) White and Coach (Andy) Kennedy are Grade A guys and I think they can help me get to the next level."

Martin has picked up offers from all over the country, but he's narrowed his list of suitors to a reasonable number. Martin said he plans to take official visits this fall to Ole Miss, Miami, Colorado, Arkansas and either Memphis or Charlotte. Martin, who was somewhat overshadowed at Jacksonville's Providence Christian School last season by Kentucky signee Stacey Poole and Florida signee Patric Young, said he doesn't plan to announce a decision until those visits are complete.

"I'm not going to make a decision until the fall period," Martin said. "It's just a personal decision for me and my family and I think it's better for me. It's not that I'm uncertain or anything, but I think it's better for me in all aspects to wait until the fall."

Martin has been labeled by some as a face-up power forward who is slightly undersized, while others have pegged him as a true small forward. Martin, however, is fashioning his game as one built on versatility.

"People put me at the power forward position, but I just see myself as a guy who doesn't really hold a specific position," Martin said earlier this spring. "I feel like I am versatile and can play multiple places. I feel like I am a Shawn Marion-type of guy who can play all over the court at all times. I try to mold my game in that way."

On Monday night, Martin said he's working this summer to expand his offensive game.

"I feel like my strong part is taking the ball to the basket, using my athleticism and length," Martin said. "My weakness right now _ I wouldn't say it's a weakness, but you can always improve on it _ is my shooting. That's something I'll improve just by getting shots up in the gym."

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