Ballard forward Kelan Martin has been racking up scholarship offers through a productive spring and summer recruiting period.
Martin picked up an offer from Auburn on Wednesday, a day after receiving one from Butler. The 6-foot-6 prospect received offers over the weekend from Texas Tech, Xavier and St. Louis. He already was a high priority for Western Kentucky, one of several mid-major schools that offered scholarships before the July recruiting period.
Martin’s eye-catching play during the AAU season has led to the new interest. ESPN recently updated its class of 2014 rankings and made Martin the No. 94 overall prospect in the senior class. He’s the third-rated recruit in the state behind Ballard teammate Quentin Snider and Louisville native D’Angelo Russell, who plays for a prep school in Florida.
Ballard made it to the Sweet Sixteen championship game last March before losing to Madison Central on a three-pointer in the final seconds. Most of the key contributors from that Bruins squad will return this season, including Snider and Martin.
Snider, who has committed to Louisville, told the Herald-Leader last month that Martin was back in the gym shortly after the state title game loss. He’s expecting big things next season.
“I think Kelan’s just been working on his game,” Snider said. “Right after school, you always see Kelan in the gym at Ballard. He’s getting serious with it.”