Monday, March 10, 2014 12:43 AM
Published on: Thursday, May 16, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
The Southeastern Conference landed one of the most unheralded student-athletes in Prince George’s County last week when Princeton Day Academy senior Jerron Martin signed a national letter of intent to play college basketball at Ole Miss.
Martin, who transferred to Princeton Day from Bishop McNamara in December, also had offers from Monmouth, LIU-Brooklyn, Quinnipiac, Florida International and Cal State Fullerton, according to Princeton Day head coach Van Whitfield.
“He took a gamble and it paid off big for him,” said Whitfield, who described Martin as a “very savvy lead guard who can score in bunches.”
Martin, a Bowie native, averaged 15.5 points per game and helped lead the Storm to a 33-13 record last season. The 6-foot-1 point guard registered 54 3-pointers, shot 81percent from the free throw line and earned first team all-league tournament honors in the Capital Beltway Athletic Association.
“Jerron is a high-character, talented guard who has the ability to create scoring opportunities off the dribble,” said Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy, the reigning SEC Coach of the Year. “His length and speed with the ball will complement our returning backcourt.”
The Rebels return trash-talking guard Marshall Henderson, the reigning SEC Newcomer of the Year who averaged a league-high 19.7 points per game. The Texas native also led the league in three point field goals (121) and in free throw percentage (.877).
Ole Miss finished 27-9 last season, tying a school record for wins, and won the SEC Tournament championship. The Rebels advanced to the NCAA Tournament for just the eighth time in school history.
Martin said he looks forward to playing in the competitive Southeastern Conference against the likes of Kentucky, Florida, Vanderbilt and others.
“I’m looking very forward to it,” Martin said. “Everybody has a dream of playing big-time college basketball. I’m definitely excited.”
Meanwhile, Whitfield added that senior 5-foot-7 guard Aquille Carr has taken steps to play overseas by signing with Charlotte-based agent Johnny Foster and accepted an invitation to play at the Adidas Eurocamp in Italy next month. Carr, according to Whitfield, is the only American player that has been invited to participate in the Eurocamp.
“It’s really remarkable to get this opportunity,” Whitfield said.