Butler picked up its second commitment for the 2014 class on Monday as four-star forward and Louisville, Kentucky native decided to announce that he will indeed be a Butler Bulldog after he graduates high school this May.
Martin was long considered one of the program’s top targets and the coaching staff finished off the job on Monday when he officially declared he would join them next season. Now, the question that everyone wants answered is: what will he bring to the program?
All signs point to Martin being able to come in right away and be effective as a part of the rotation. He is listed at around 6-5. 6-6 but plays with guard qualities. That alone, not to mention his heavy frame of 210 pounds, will make him very versatile in creating mismatches for opposing defenses.
“He is extremely talented offensively,” said his AAU coach at Indiana Elite, Barry Kroot. “He’s a mismatch on a bigger guy, because he can get around him and to the basket and finish, and he can post up a smaller guy.”
That description is someone ways sounds a lot like Roosevelt Jones who can do the same. Adding someone like him who can create a mismatch every time he steps on the floor is always a useful tool to have on hand. Moreover, he also adds a very good shot to his offensive arsenal. One that prompted his AAU coach to call him an “offensive machine.”
“He’s a really good three-point shooter with an excellent mid-range game,” said Kroot. “He’s going to bring a lot of offensive firepower.”
That makes him even more of a dynamic weapon if he can come in and knock down shots. His scoring ability is definitely one that will call for immediate playing time.
Future 150 describes him saying: “Kelan [Martin] is a physical small forward who thrives when powering his way to the basket for easy scores. He is also a good rebounding forward.”
At this point, it really seems like Martin is someone who will indeed come in and play right away for the Bulldogs. If he is able to score at the level everyone says he can and come in and contribute on the boards at his position, there is no keeping him off of the floor.
Adding him with players like Roosevelt Jones will be nightmares for defenses trying to find ways to match up with what would be a versatile lineup.
Overall, this was definitely a solid pickup for the Bulldogs. Everyone around the Big Eats is adding four-stars and athletic talent that will help make their programs stronger in the future. Today, Butler did the same.
Now, it’s a matter of continuing that momentum with the next couple of targets that will take center stage for this coaching staff. The ball is definitely rolling in a positive direction on the Butler campus today and the basketball program is definitely, if there was ever any doubt, moving towards even more success.