NC State basketball freshman Caleb Martin undergoes foot surgery

06/29/2014 3:09 PM

06/29/2014 11:24 PM

Surgery wasn’t on Caleb Martin’s itinerary for his first week of college.

The freshman from Mocksville wants to be ready for the basketball season in November, though, so he underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in his right foot on Saturday.

His mother, Jenny Bennett, said her son, ranked No. 62 in the class of 2014 by ESPN, suffered the injury last summer.

“He knew it was something that needed to be done,” Bennett said. “He just wants to get back to 100 percent and be ready for the season.”

Martin, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound wing, played through the injury last season as a senior at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. His rehabilitation will take 8 to 10 weeks, according to the release the school sent out Sunday.

Martin and his twin brother Cody are two of the three top-100 recruits signed by Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried in this year’s recruiting class. Forward Abdul-Malik Abu, No. 32 in the ESPN rankings, joins the Martins in the class, which ESPN rates as the 18th-best in the country.

The Martins enrolled in summer school last week, their mother said Sunday. They are expected to help the Wolfpack’s perimeter rotation, especially Caleb’s scoring punch.

N.C. State has to replace leading scorer T.J. Warren, who was drafted by the Phoenix Suns. The Wolfpack also lost point guard Tyler Lewis, who transferred to Butler, from its regular backcourt rotation from the 2013-14 season.

Alabama transfer Trevor Lacey will be counted upon to help replace Warren’s ACC-best 24.9 points per game but the Martins also factor into the rotation.

“Everything will be fixed up by the season,” Bennett said. “We can’t wait to see what’s in store.”

N.C. State beat writer Joe Giglio

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