12 - Jarell Martin

6-9, 240 Power Forward
LSU Sophomore
05/24/94 (27.5 yrs)
Baton Rouge, LA
High School
Madison Prep Academy
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Post Skills

NBA Comparison: Kenny Thomas

Strengths: Martin fits the part in terms of body type and athleticism for an NBA Power Forward … At 6’9 he is the ideal height for the next level and his 235 pound frame allows him to bang on the block with the majority of his counterparts in the League … During his sophomore campaign with the Tigers, he improved in seemingly every statistical category measured in college basketball … In what would be his final collegiate game, Martin showed out against NC State and was the best player on the floor for the Tigers using his size, strength and athleticism to frustrate the Wolfpack bigs in the paint … Martin possesses an improving offensive game with the ability to score on the block as well as step out and face up when going against bigger, slower and less athletic defenders … He’s a good post defender and moves his feet well, although he isn’t a great shot blocker … He really became a much more effective rebounder during his sophomore year on both the offensive and defensive glass … He’s a good ball handler for his position and can get to the rim against most defenders where he is an extremely good finisher … Good pick and roll potential at the next level … He likes to get out on the fast break, run the floor and finish above the rim as he showed against Florida … He’s strong and is difficult to move around on the block which should bode well at the next level …

Weaknesses: He still has ways to go on the offensive end as he’s not a great shooter and will need to be able to step out with more consistency at the next level … Not a great three point shooter, only 27% from distance after a solid 33% campaign as a freshman even though he had fewer attempts … There are some that question his height and length as he’s measured differently at different camps … He has a tendency to get into foul trouble which limited his minutes at times this past season and will need to learn to use his quick feet and body to keep smaller players in front of him while making sure that larger players don’t get low post position … Not the best defender and really doesn’t provide much in terms of his shot blocking ability … Can get lost on defense at times and doesn’t show that intensity needed to lock down opposing players on the defensive end … Seems more content to expend his energy on the offensive end of the floor …

Overall: Martin is going to be a solid pro but I have my doubts as to whether or not he’ll ever develop into more than a role player.  He’s the prototypical four man in the NBA but he’ll need to improve his touch outside of five feet as well as his jump shot to stay on the floor.  Defensively he is still a work in progress but he has all of the physical tools to be a solid defender at the next level.  He is cashing in on a high draft stock due to the season that the Tigers had and his performance against teams with talented bigs including Kentucky and NC State.  He’s a likely late first rounder with the potential to sneak into the late teens to early 20’s depending on his workouts.
Clayton Crowe 4/18/2015 …

Notes: Measured 6’9 (in shoes) 224 lbs, with a 6’9 wingspan at the 2012 LeBron James Skills Academy … Measured 6’10 (in shoes) 242 lbs, with a 6’7.5 wingspan at the 2014 Nike Big Man Skills Academy …

Clayton Crowe 6/13/15

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