Jarell Martin (Sophomore, LSU)
Power Forward/6’10/240/Age: 20
Product of…Madison Prep HS via Baton Rouge, LA
16.9 points/game, 9.2 rebounds/game, 1.8 assists/game
LSU’s Jarell Martin will likely help his draft stock through workouts and interviews. A very good athlete at 6’10, Martin has the upside to be a matchup problem in the pros with his scoring prowess and hustle. Although he is more of a hybrid 3/4, he has a solid combination of size and quickness that teams love.
Martin is a fringe first-rounder at the moment but will likely move up due to many names (Buddy Hield, Kris Dunn, etc.) deciding to return to school over declaring for the draft. He needs to work on individual defense, overall shooting consistency and post game but we envision him as a Tobias Harris type of scorer in the future.
-Effortless athlete; difficult to defend in the open floor
-Beginning to get more comfortable facing up and driving to the rim; has a knack for scoring the ball and getting to his spots effectively
-Good fundamental skills and patience on offense; can handle the ball nicely for his size
-Tweener status is a concern; is he better suited as a stretch four (needs to improve long-range shooting) or three man?
-Inconsistent rebounder; has to work on his initial positioning when boxing out
-Can he be a system guy in the NBA?; has to make an effort to be a better two-way player
D.O.G. Status: If Martin goes in the late first-round, that likely means a contending team will try to develop him in the D-League for a while before giving him meaningful minutes. But one thing is certain, he won’t be there for long. A tremendous athlete and emerging scorer, Martin is one of the more dynamic overall talents in 2015.
NBA Comparison: Tobias Harris