If you’re still not pumped and jacked for the college basketball season to start, hopefully a look at one of the Rams’ most highly regarded big-man recruits in recent memory will help. It’s been a little over a year since Hassan Martin verbally committed to the University of Rhode Island, but Rhody fans have been excited about his play ever since. What else can we tell you about the New York City big man? Check it out.
- Martin was listed as a three-star recruit (per ESPN.com), and was widely regarded as one of the best big men in NYC high school basketball. He attended Curtis High School in Staten Island.
- In his senior year at Curtis, Martin led the Warriors to a 26-5 record while pouring in 16.8 points-per-game. Hassan also garnered more accolades than we can count. GoRhody.com has a list of them all right here.
- Besides the offense, Martin also comes to the Rams with a wealth of skill on the defensive side of the ball. Curtis played a full-court trap style defensively, so Hassan’s experience could prove valuable for URI.
- Just how badly did Rhody want to land Martin? Check out this oldie-but-goodie tweet from the New York Post’s Zach Braziller:
Martin picked URI over St. Joe’s and Providence. URI earned this commitment in July, attending virtually every game. #boyshoops
— Zach Braziller (@NYPost_Brazille) September 23, 2012
The power forward and center spots were two positions of questionable depth last season for the Rams. This year, Dan Hurley has Martin, Onyekaba, and Biruta in the mix, as well as returning players Hare and Aaman. We expect Martin to come off the bench at least to start the season, but don’t be surprised to see his minutes climb as A-10 play draws closer.