DURHAM — N.C. State fans might have a tough time telling Caleb and Cody Martin apart next season unless they’re wearing basketball numbers.
But the brothers don’t seem to have any problem with it.
Like many sets of identical twins, the guys from Davie County are a unit. They decided that wherever they went to college, it would be together, and whatever they did for their senior year of high school would be done together as well.
“I think twins have an advantage with the communication part,” Caleb said. “Sometimes we know what the other is thinking without saying a word.”
The duo was in town with Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, the No. 4-ranked high school team in the country, for a Friday night game at Mount Zion Christian Academy.
And although it wasn’t a blowout, the Martins took care of business in their 72-62 victory that improved the Warriors to 20-1.
Future Wolfpack teammates BeeJay Anya, Lennard Freeman and Tyler Lewis as well as N.C. State assistant coach Bobby Lutz all came to the game.
Cody poured in 19 points and Caleb 14 for a team that includes four ACC signees. Also on the squad are B.J. Stith, son of former Virginia Cavaliersstar Bryant Stith, who is headed to Virginia; and Wake Forest signee Brandon Mitchell, who is out with an injury.
“We just decided we thought it would be a better fit to get ready for the next level,” Cody said. “We knew we’d play against great players every day in practice.”
But there were adjustments from playing for the local public high school, Cody added.
“Oak Hill is different because there are a lot more rules, but it helps with time management and getting our work done,” Cody said. “We can’t sing ‘Happy Birthday’ because there are a lot of different cultures there. And we have to shave.”
Steve Smith, in his 29th season at the helm of the Mouth of Wilson, Va., school, said he sees big things ahead for the Martins, who are 6-foot-6.
“They’re a little different,” Smith said. “Caleb’s more of a pure shooter and Cody’s a driver-slasher type who does a lot of dirty work. But they’re both really athletic, good defenders, both smart basketball players. They’re going to be really good in college.
“One good thing about them is they’ll be physically ready to play. They’re both big, strong kids and we do a lot in the weight room with them. If (N.C. State) chooses to play them as freshmen, they’ll be able to compete in the ACC pretty quick.”
The second and third of three brothers who will play college basketball – Raheem is a 6-4 junior at Greensboro College – the twins each say they like the other’s game.
“Caleb is very passionate and energetic and gets everybody riled up,” Cody said. “He can shoot the ball, too. We really don’t have to say anything to each other; just eye motions and hand movements.”
And Caleb said he loves Cody’s passing.
“Cody shares the ball, and he can get into the lane at will,” Caleb said. “He’s a good shooter, and a good person to play with.”
Both said they’re very comfortable to be coming to Raleigh next season.
“We decided we were going to be a package deal,” Cody said. “Wake Forest, (Virginia Commonwealth), Virginia Tech and Tennessee were also on our list. We talked a lot about it and decided to stay in-state.”
And they just fell in love with the Wolfpack, Caleb said.
“It’s everything we asked for,” Caleb said of N.C. State. “Schools were contacting us since we were freshmen, but we just had a good feeling about State.”