Pack men's basketball adds highly ranked Martin twins to 2014 recruiting class

Gottfried on a roll with 7 top prospects

jgiglio@newsobserver.comOctober 12, 2012 

Davie County's Cody Martin (15) plays in a game against West Rowan in the Sam Moir Christmas Classic at Catawba College in December 2011.

JON C. LAKEY — Salisbury Post

— N.C. State keeps adding basketball recruits, and the Wolfpack is not done yet.

Caleb and Cody Martin, twins from Mocksville, committed to N.C. State on Wednesday night. The Martins are ranked in the top 40 in the class of 2014 by ESPN’s Dave Telep.

Second-year coach Mark Gottfried has had a productive fall on the recruiting trail. N.C. State recently added guard Anthony Barber and forward Kyle Washington, a pair of top 75 recruits in the class of 2013.

Gottfried’s first three classes, including this year’s freshmen, feature seven top 100 prospects.

“When you’ve added seven top 100 players over three classes, you’ve done your job,” Telep said. “That’s an A-plus.”

Another pair of high-profile recruits, guard Theo Pinson and forward Harry Giles, will be at N.C. State’s “Primetime with the Pack” on Friday night at the PNC Arena.

Pinson and Giles will be teammates at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point this season. Pinson, a 6-6 wing, is the No. 8 prospect in the class of 2014, and Giles, a 6-8 power forward, is going into his freshman season but already has participated in USA Basketball’s national developmental program.

“He has a chance to be the best player to come out of the state of North Carolina in a long, long time,” Telep said. “He has a chance to be that good.”

The Martin twins, both wings, are the Wolfpack’s first two commitments in the class of 2014. Telep ranks Caleb (6-7 and 190 pounds) at No. 34 in the class and Cody (6-7 and 205 pounds) at No. 35.

As sophomores, Caleb Martin averaged 18.2 points and 6.4 rebounds a game and Cody Martin averaged 14.8 points and 8.6 rebounds and led Davie County to a 23-7 record.

“They both defend and run the floor well,” Telep said. “They’re also both smart players and super kids.”

The Martins chose N.C. State over Tennessee, Miami, Virginia Tech and VCU. Their plan was always to play college ball together, said Jenny Bennett, their mother.

The commitment comes with two full seasons of high school basketball at Davie County High in front of the Martins, but that was by design, their mother said.

“Now they can focus on the next two seasons and getting better without the pressure of recruiting,” Bennett said.

N.C. State still has at least three more scholarships for the class of ’13 to add to Barber and Washington.

With the loss of senior Richard Howell and the expected departure of junior C.J. Leslie to the NBA, the Wolfpack needs to add more size to the class of ’13.

Forward Julius Randle, the third-rated prospect in the class, has the Wolfpack as one of his finalists. Randle is a versatile 6-9 forward from Dallas and is considered a “one and done” NBA prospect. He recently cut Duke and UNC from his final list.

The Pack also is pursuing bigs Kennedy Meeks (No. 18 on ESPN’s list), BeeJay Anya (No. 30) and Dominic Woodson (No. 79).

Meeks is a 6-9 forward from West Charlotte with size (275 pounds), soft hands and nice passing touch. He has the Wolfpack on his final list.

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