Martin Twins Update (Capital Classic Highlights)
Caleb and Cody Martin have been committed NC State for a while. The twins committed in late 2012 and stood firm, signing with the Pack when they were first allowed. This type of thing doesn’t usually happen with kids as talented as these two. Usually, if a kid knows where he wants to go, he’ll drag it out to keep his name in the news and his stock high. These two are different. The twins are well-spoken, humble, coachable and hard working. Right now Caleb is ranked 46 overall and Cody is unranked if you go by the Scout.com ranking. The insanity of this is that just a year ago these kids were teetering around the top 25 mark. Had they held out and created a massive buzz, listing big name schools and taking visits all over the country, they’d still be up there. That’s how these recruiting things work. We’ve seen in time in and time out. “Oh, you didn’t choose Duke, UNC, Kansas or Kentucky? You must not be a top 25 player.”
The truth of the matter is, Gottfried and his staff are identifying and locking down top tier talent before the elite schools even get involved. This is what happened with the Martin twins and what needs to keep happening going forward if the Pack wants to nudge itself into that ‘elite’ category.
Caleb and Cody (along with Malik-Abdul Abu) are a different brand of player than Pack fans are used to. These guys aren’t just athletes or high IQ guys, they are total packages. They are explosive players, students of the game and they check their ego at the door. These are the type of players championship teams are built of and now that Gottfried has built a foundation, they are the type he seems to be targeting (and somehow landing).
So while all the rankings seems to be coming out with unsigned guys creating all the buzz and jolting up in the rankings, make sure you realize how this game is played. Don’t disregard the talent that is being brought in this coming year. These guys are high impact, high character, leaders who will give NC State the boost it’s been looking for, for a long time.
MARTIN TWINS UPDATE (CAPITAL CLASSIC)
A few days ago Caleb and Cody were invited to play in the Capital Classic. A high school all-star game that takes the best players in the DC area and puts them up against some of the best players nationally. The Martin twins were on the nation team and played extremely well, even in an All-Star game atmosphere. Their team took the 139-134 win. Here are the stat breakdowns….
Caleb Martin: 6-10 shooting, 1-3 from 3pt range, 4 boards, 13 points, 3 assists, 1 TO, 1 block and 2 steals in 19 minutes.
Cody Martin: 5-11 shooting, 3-7 from 3pt range, 4 boards, 13 points, 1 assist, 1 TO, 1 block and 1 steal in 23 minutes.
Both kids played well and but up eerily similar numbers in the game. Here are the highlights from the night. Caleb is #1 and Cody is #11.
and in case you need a reminder….
North Carolina High School Athletes Will Now be Able to Profit off NIL
NIL has shaken up the college sports world, and now it will be shaking up the high school sports world in North Carolina (NCHSAA), becoming one of 27 states to approve the ability for high school athletes to profit off their Name, Image and Likeness.
This will officially take place beginning July 1.
In order for a student athlete to begin this process, they will have to take a course on NIL, and their parents, coaches and athletic director will as well. Schools and coaches will not be able to represent the student in NIL Deals, and they will also not be allowed to use NIL as a way to draw athletes to their school.
There are restrictions on what student athletes can profit off of though.
The NCHSAA will prohibit student-athletes from entering into NIL deals with products around adult entertainment, alcohol, cannabis, controlled substances, firearms and ammunition, gambling, prescription drugs, as well as tobacco, vaping, and other Nicotine-related products. Athletes cannot affiliate themselves with a specific school, conference, school district, the NCHSAA, or the NFHS through a NIL deal.
What are your thoughts?
NC State Men’s Offers 4-Star Jahki Howard
Last Thursday, the Wolfpack offered 2024 Small Forward Jahki Howard (6’7″/180) out of Overtime Elite (Atlanta, GA).
Blessed to receive a offer from NC state 🙏🏽❤️ pic.twitter.com/4lgSd9b9s8
— Jahki Howard (@showtime_ki) April 28, 2023
ESPN ranks Howard as the #53 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class, and the #3 player in the state of Georgia.
Howard is familiar with NC State, because NC State 2023 signee Trey Parker played with him down at Overtime Elite. In 2022-23, Howard averaged 10.1 points per game, shooting 58.6% from the field.
Check out these pictures of Howard on an unofficial visit to NC State with Parker.
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Check out these recent highlight reels of Howard.
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Jahki Howard has taken his game to another level. Off to a 5-0 start with NH Lightning on the Circuit.
Averaging 17.6PPG and 7.2RPG, while shooting 69% FG and 63% from 3P (7-11). Insane numbers.
Highlights below📺👇 pic.twitter.com/90DcLkLKN7
— GREENLIGHT MEDIA (@atlgreenlight) April 29, 2023
Parker and Howard showed out in this Dunk Contest a couple of months back.
Howard will be taking an Official Visit to Georgetown on May 8-9.
4-Star SF Jahki Howard Takes an Unofficial Visit to NC State
4-Star 2024 Small Forward Jahki Howard (6’7″/180) took an Unofficial Visit to NC State yesterday alongside 4-Star Shooting Guard Paul McNeil, who verbally committed to run with the Wolfpack yesterday.
🐺🐺nation ? Unofficial visit❤️🤍 #notcommitted pic.twitter.com/NxNncnptkm
— Jahki Howard (@showtime_ki) February 20, 2023
Howard is ranked as the #51 overall player nationally in the 2024 class by Rivals, and the #4 player in the state of Georgia according to ESPN. Howard plays for Overtime Elite in Atlanta, where 2023 NC State signee Trey Parker plays.
He also holds offers from Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Providence, Auburn, Rutgers, Illinois, Texas A&M, Mississippi St, Wake Forest, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Arizona St, Kansas, Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas, and others.
As far as I can tell, Howard doesn’t hold an offer from NC State at this point.
Jahki Howard earns Player of the Week honors after a big performance vs. Hillcrest dropping 25 PTS, 8 REB, 5 AST 🚀 @showtime_ki pic.twitter.com/yPD5psrm2m
— Overtime Elite (@OvertimeElite) November 29, 2022
4-Star 2024 Shooting Guard Paul McNeil Commits to NC State!
What a day! 4-Star 2024 Shooting Guard Paul McNeil (6’6″/185) wrapped up his Official Visit to NC State today by committing to run with the Wolfpack, after watching them defeat their rival UNC in PNC Arena.
@PackMensBball #Committed🐺🐺 pic.twitter.com/AiSg5h2wCg
— P2⚡️ (@PaulMcneilJr) February 19, 2023
McNeil is the #17 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class according to ESPN, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.
In 2022-23, McNeil is averaging 23.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.4 steals per game for Richmond High School. Last year, he became the first ever Sophomore to win the Gatorade Player of the Year Award in the state of North Carolina.
McNeil also held offers from Clemson, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee, Alabama, Miami, Georgetown, St. John’s, LSU, Virginia Tech, Missouri, and others.