Two of the top high school players in the nation will come to Charlotte on Saturday.
Davie County High School twins Cody and Caleb Martin, a pair of 6-foot-7, 190-pound forwards who have committed to N.C. State, will lead their team into a marquee showdown at nationally ranked Olympic.
Olympic (5-0) is No. 2 in The Observer’s Sweet 16. Davie County was 7-0 heading into Friday’s game with North Iredell.
Saturday’s game begins at 4 p.m.
Last season, as sophomores, the twins led Davie County to its first N.C. 4A Western Regional tournament berth. Davie beat Greensboro Page in its regional semifinal game and lost to West Charlotte in the regional finals.
National recruiting scouts say the twins have come back this season much better than they were before.
Caleb is ranked No. 33 in the junior class nationally by ESPN. He choose N.C. State over Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. Cody, ranked No. 34, picked the Wolfpack over those same three schools.
The twins are ranked No. 3 (Caleb) and No. 4 (Cody) in the junior class in North Carolina by ESPN, behind No. 1 Theo Pinson of Greensboro’s Wesleyan Academy and Cuthbertson’s Shelton Mitchell.
“You can kind of see them developing their own games,” said Dave Telep of ESPN. “Caleb is now a guy who is playing in real attack mode with a lot of confidence getting to the rim. He’s an excellent finisher. Cody is a guy who is starting to do more help-side shot blocking and he’s developing a presence in the paint.”
Telep said they’ve also developed physically since coming to high school as strictly perimeter players.
National analyst Bob Gibbons of Lenoir thinks the growth and versatility will help when they get to N.C. State in a few years.
“The twins are both unselfish, team-oriented players that will fit in perfectly at N.C. State,” Gibbons said. “Caleb is more of a shooting guard. Cody is a little bigger, more of a wing forward. Both play hard on both ends of the court, are good defenders and can score in a variety of ways. They are very athletic and versatile.”
West Rowan’s Mike Gurley has coached against the twins for three years now, including earlier this season when Davie beat West Rowan 87-51 Dec. 5.
He marvels at their growth in that time.
“You can tell they’re working on their games,” he said. “Their explosiveness has gotten better. They can shoot the 3 but are much more frightening going to the rim. They love the game and play it with a passion. I know going to Charlotte will be a great test for them against a really good Olympic team, and that’s what they need. This will be a great indicator for them because they’re going to have to deal with someone from Charlotte if they want to make the run in the state playoffs that they want to make.”
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