2013 Rhody recruit Hassan Martin was in attendance and sitting behind the URI bench at the SMU game, and when we heard about it we started to think more about him in a Ram uniform next season. Martin is in his senior year at Curtis High School in Staten Island, finishing off a very successful high school career before taking the next step and officially enrolling at Rhode Island. While we’ve already given a rundown of what we can expect from Martin at URI, let’s take a look at how he is doing this season at Curtis.
First of all, the Warriors are an impressive 8-0 this season, including 3-0 in their division. They hold a one game lead over 6-1 (2-1) McKee/Staten Island Tech in the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL). And they’re not just beating teams – they’re dominating them. Curtis is winning games by an average margin of 24 points, and they’ve won three games by 30 or more points.
Not surprisingly, Martin is their leading scorer. He’s averaging 17 points per game on the season, and has been in double-figures in all but one of the Warriors’ games. He’s also been the game-high scorer in half of the eight wins for CHS. He’s coming off a 15-point effort against Port Richmond last night, and posted 20+ points in his two games prior to yesterday’s win. Martin is just dominating the opposition in the paint, which is good for a an average of over seven made shots per contest – most of them high-percentage looks. He’s had a number of show-stopping dunks on the season, dazzling crowds all over New York. The game plan for Curtis night in and night out is to get the ball down low to Martin. And it’s certainly working.
The Warriors also play an aggressive full-court trap defense, and Martin has excelled in that as well. Curtis has limited opponents to as few as 26 points on two separate occasions, so the defense certainly shines as bright as the offense. If Hassan has any weakness at all, it appears to be free-throw shooting. While he doesn’t get to the line that often, he does seem to struggle, shooting just 63% on the year. If it’s any consolation, that is well above his career average of 51%, so there is certainly improvement there. We’ve also seen the coaching staff here at Rhody (most notably Bobby Hurley) work with guys to improve their free throw stroke. Mike Aaman is definitely an example of one of the success stories.
Of course, we don’t expect Martin to come in and light up the A-10 right off the bat next year. His post production likely won’t be as elite against some of the D-I competition that Rhody will face. However, he does appear to be a complete package of offense and defense. If his production at the stripe can improve, Hassan Martin could definitely be one of the best players on Rhody’s new-look squad next season.