SOURCE: Martin will seek NBA evaluation

TSD's Ben Love has the latest on Jarell Martin's future plans, per a source close to the player. Come inside with TSD for an update on LSU's All-SEC Freshman performer.

LSU freshman Jarell Martin still plans to return for his sophomore season, but he will seek an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee, a source close to the player confirmed to TSD.

According to the source, Martin, a member of the All-SEC Freshman Team, aims to "see where he stands and what the NBA has to say about him."


Martin played in 32 of 34 games for the Tigers in 2013-14, averaging 10.3 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 47.1% from the field. He improved over LSU's final 15 games, upping his averages to 12.2 points and 5.1 rebounds while scoring in double figures 11 times.

The 6-foot-9, 241-pound native of Baton Rouge originally told reporters on March 17 that he was leaning toward bypassing the 2014 NBA Draft. "It was a big decision," Martin explained then to TSD's Hunter Paniagua. "Guys are very eager to go play in the league and that's a great experience. But I felt like I have some things to improve in before going off to the next level."

There's at least one other motivating factor in Martin's apparent decision to come back - the fact that a new year at LSU will bring a new brand of basketball.

"He's excited because they'll be a guard-oriented team that will be able to have that uptempo style of play," the source explained to TSD.

With the expected departure of two-time All-SEC forward Johnny O'Bryant to the NBA, the makeup of LSU's lineup is likely to change heading into 2014-15, moving more toward the perimeter. The Tigers are adding to the mix junior college guard Josh Gray, a scoring phenom, and wing Keith Hornsby, a transfer who's averaged double digits scoring on the Division-I level.

Martin and all other underclassmen have until April 27 to announce their entry into the draft. A player can withdraw his name up until June 16 as long as he hasn't hired an agent.



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