Tubby Smith checking out two Kentucky recruits

 Posted by at 8:54 PM on September 26, 2013  Add comments
Sep 262013
 
Ballard forward Kelan Martin helped lead the Bruins to the state championship game last season. Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

Ballard forward Kelan Martin helped lead the Bruins to the state championship game last season.
Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

Texas Tech Coach Tubby Smith is doing a little recruiting on his trip back to Kentucky this week.

The former UK head coach was at Ballard High School on Thursday to watch senior power forward Kelan Martin. Ballard Coach Chris Renner told the Herald-Leader that Smith watched his team’s workout and then had an in-home visit with Martin, who is considered the No. 97 overall recruit in the Class of 2014 in the new ESPN rankings.

Smith is expected to meet with Lafayette star Jackson Davis on Friday in Lexington. Davis is also a highly touted prospect in the Class of 2014.

Renner said Martin will take an official visit to Saint Louis this weekend. He’ll go to Butler the following weekend and visit Texas Tech the weekend after that. Those are the three schools he’s most focused on.

Davis has set official visits to Texas Tech and Columbia for next month.

Smith recruited Davis’ father while he was an assistant coach at South Carolina and later coached him when he joined UK’s staff in 1989. Smith offered Jackson Davis a scholarship shortly after taking the Texas Tech job.

“I’ve known Tubby 30 years,” Johnathon Davis told the Herald-Leader in July. “Our families are close. I knew he was going to offer. But I don’t think he did it because it was my son. He did it because he thought the guy could play for him.

“Wherever he’s at, we’re going to give it a shot. We’re going to go look and see what it’s all about. He could have been on the moon, and we still would have gone to look.”

Smith will be inducted into the UK Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night.

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