First-year LSU coach Johnny Jones didn't have to travel far to land his third commitment from the ESPN 100. Local power forward Jarrell Martin (Baton Rouge, La./Madison Prep), Louisiana’s top-ranked player and the No. 14 prospect in the nation, said yes to the Tigers, eschewing offers from Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Alabama and St. John's. Martin joins power forward Jordan Mickey (Arlington, Texas/Prime Prep Academy) and point guard Tim Quarterman (Savannah, Ga./Johnson) as Top 100 players on the Tigers. Add in Australian post Deng Deng, and Jones has put together a terrific incoming class oozing with talent.
The best word to describe this class is versatile. And that's significant as the Tigers will have to duke it out with the top-five recruiting classes rivals Kentucky (No. 1) and Florida (No. 3) have heading to the SEC.
Jones implores his teams to play fast and get out on the break to score as many easy baskets as possible. In the half court, Jones will spread the floor and attack with an inside-out approach. With his length and skill, Martin should fit that offense very nicely. The 6-foot-7 post is also capable of defending both forward positions in various schemes, including switching situations and traps.
Martin is a combination forward who excels in the open court by running the floor and finishing with power. He rebounds in and out of his zone, taking full advantage of his length, elite athleticism and quickness. Martin has tremendous upside and could make a huge leap in production once he gets to LSU.
Martin, Mickey, Quarterman and Deng can all play and defend multiple positions on the floor. They are all very long and athletic, which undoubtedly will create matchup problems on both ends of the floor.
Jones has hit the ground running since taking over the reins of the LSU hoops team. Expect the Tigers to make a quick jump in the SEC standings with this level of talent, size, skill and versatility heading to Baton Rouge.