Martin signs with Catawba


First Posted: 6/17/2009

Former North Surry basketball standout Lee Martin finally has a permanent place to develop his skills.
After going through a long recruiting process, including a year of maturation at Hargrave Military Academy, Martin will head to Salisbury and Catawba College this fall to take his place on the Indians squad.
Martin, who graduated from North Surry in 2008, was a three-time MVC all-conference selection. The 6-6 195-pound swing man was also selected to the all-Northwest team his senior season and led the Greyhounds to a sectional title in his junior campaign.
Martin said he was happy to be finished with the recruiting process and finally have a home.
Ive been doing the recruiting thing for the past three years, Martin said. Talking to coaches and visiting places and all that stuff, so I am very relieved to finally get it over with.
Martin had interests from an abundance of other schools across the college basketball spectrum, from Division-I to NAIA.
He received an offer from Division-I Tennessee-Martin during the early signing period this past spring but said he liked it, but didnt love, the school and held out for more offers.
Martin said he plans to major in business and said the Catawba College business program was also another factor in his choosing to head to Salisbury.
The Indians, coached by Jim Baker, compete in the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) where they took home the conference tournament championship last season and also advanced to the second round of the Division II national tournament.
Martin said he believes the program has a strong base and is ready to start his journey.
I am excited about it, he said. Coach Baker has been there a long time. They have a good program, they won the conference tournament last year and they have a good recruiting class coming in. I am anxious and looking forward to it.
Greyhounds coach Chris Butler, who coached Martin during his entire time at North Surry, said Martin has a unique chance to keep his basketball playing days going forward.
He said he could think of no one better to show what the Greyhounds have to offer than Martin.
Lee is just a great young man and hes an unbelievable representative of North Surry High School, Butler said. Its exciting to see that things are settled and that he knows he has an opportunity to continue playing basketball and get a free education.
Butler said Martin offered North Surry a player who could move all over the floor and take on any position the Greyhounds needed.
His strength was his versatility, Butler said. His senior year he played every spot on the floor for us at different times it created matchup problems for the other team. His basketball I.Q. is extremely high and he was able to use that to his advantage.
Martin credited the North Surry program and also said he thinks spending a year playing with some talented teammates and competition at Hargrave Military Academy helped not just his visibility, but also his game.
Coming from a small town you dont get that many coaches coming to look at you, he said. When you go to Hargrave you have tons. Weve got a guy going to Indiana (Mo Creek) and one going to N.C. State (DeShawn Painter). Playing with really good guys every day? You cant go wrong with that.
Martin will report to Catawba in August and enroll in school this fall.

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