It’s been no secret that Louisville has been hard after a few of the nation’s top point guard prospects in the 2013 class, however, one name that’s been there from the very start has been 5-star Baton Rouge power forward, Jarell Martin. And according to this post from Zag’s Blog, the 6-9, 210 lb, Martin, has narrowed his list of college choices to seven and the Cards made the cut. Martin is now reportedly down to Louisville, LSU, Alabama, UCLA, St John’s, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State. He also previously listed Kansas, Arizona and Tulane, but for whatever reason, has eliminated them from consideration. Martin unofficially visited Louisville back in January and told Inside The Ville that he was “blown away” by the facilities and what he saw while on campus. Rick Pitino also went down to Baton Rouge and and caught Martin live in person back in February and then compared him to former disciple and NBA star, Antoine Walker. During that game in front of Pitino, Martin had 28 points, 14 boards and blocked 5 shots. Then Pitino and his assistants spent the entire spring and summer tracking Martin on the AAU circuit. Without question, he’s remained a top priority for the staff for well over a year now. Some analysts have said it will be extremely difficult to pull him from the bayou area of Louisiana, but all bets are off if the Cards can land an official visit this fall. Here’s what Martin’s high school coach, Jeff Jones, told Adam Zagoria about Martin’s interest in Louisville (and Kansas).
Louisville (and Kansas) — “Two national powers, two teams coming off Final Four appearances. Kansas just won the national title a few years ago. It’s a major TV market, major TV exposure. Playing in two power conferences with two of the premier coaches in college basketball is intriguing to him.”