Martin Takes Visit to Butler

Martin Takes Visit to Butler

Kelan Martin has seen his popularity and ranking rise after a solid opening session of AAU. He hopes to continue that in July with tournaments in Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.

Ballard (KY) High School standout Kelan Martin has been getting increased interest and attention from around the country over the past several months.

At small forward, Martin uses a combination of a solid inside and mid-range game with great rebounding acumen to stand out from the competition.

The 6-foot 6 forward has been hearing from Butler, Xavier, Providence, Minnesota, St. Louis, Creighton, Oklahoma, Tennessee, UMKC, Ohio, IUPUI, and Indiana State. While he would like to start hearing from Ohio State, Indiana, and Louisville.

Martin currently has offers from Providence, Ohio, Western Kentucky, Indiana State, IUPUI, and UMKC.

With a lot of schools recruiting the Class of 2014 hard, its two Big East schools that are recruiting Martin the hardest.

"I would say Butler and Providence are recruiting me the hardest," Martin told InsideTheDawgPound. ‘They think I'm a good fit for their school. They think I can come in and play right away."

Martin talks with Coach Brian Blaney from Providence and Coach Michael Lewis from Butler.

Coach Lewis and Butler recently hosted Martin on an unofficial visit to Indianapolis, where he got to hang out with the players and tour the facilities.

"We went around campus," Martin said. "They talked to me about different classes and how their academic programs work. They introduced me to the players and I played a little ball up there."

Martin said he fit in well with the players at Butler and the visit went very well.

While Martin took a visit to Butler, he currently doesn't have any plans for upcoming visits to other campuses, but will be active on the AAU circuit coming up in July.

"We are in Indianapolis next week at the Adidas Invitational," Martin said. "Then we are in LA the 18th, and then after that we are in Vegas."

Update:

After talking to Martin, Butler coach Brad Stevens left for the same position with the NBA's Boston Celtics later that night.

Martin spent time talking with Stevens as well, but wasn't too shocked by Stevens' move.

"That's a good move (for Stevens)," Martin said. "No (it does not affect where Butler stands)."

Butler may continue to pursue the talented rising senior-to-be once the new coach is named, but we will have to wait and see where the Bulldogs stand after the change.

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