Jarell Martin will be heading off to the NBA
Underclassman have until April 26th to declare for the upcoming NBA draft, but LSU sophomore Jarell Martin looks to have decided early.
Last night, Randy Rosetta of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Martin is planning to take his talents to the next level.
"Two independent sources close to the Tigers’ basketball program said Tuesday that sophomore Jarell Martin has decided to submit his name for the 2015 NBA Draft and forfeit the final two years of college eligibility.One source said Martin has informed LSU coach Johnny Jones, who was unavailable for comment Tuesday night. The second source didn’t know if Jones had been informed but confirmed that Martin has decided to leave."
Martin had a decent freshman year with averages of 10.3 points (47 percent shooting) and 4.6 rebounds, but he really took his game to another level this year. The 6-foot-10 power forward played over 35 minutes a game this year and averaged 16.9 points (51 percent shooting) and 9.2 rebounds.
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Martin is able to think about the draft already because LSU lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to NC State by just one point.
It still is pretty early for these declarations, and Martin would be the first player to declare for the 2015 draft.
As he is right now, Martin is expected to be drafted in the late first round. He is incredibly athletic for his size and plays with a motor that pushes him past most of his competition. His knock right now is that he is kind of in between forward positions and a lot of people can’t agree on which one he would be best at. Hopefully he can solidify himself as a power forward and excel in that area before the draft starts, because it looks like that is his best bet at reaching his full potential.
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