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About Kenyon Martin Jr.
Kenyon Martin Jr. is an exceptionally explosive forward who made strides on the perimeter playing for IMG Academy’s post-graduate team. Regarded as a fringe top-200 prospect in the high school class of 2019 following his senior year at Sierra Canyon School (CA), Martin opted to forgo his commitment to Vanderbilt to pursue a fifth year in prep school, opening up the opportunity for him to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft.
Showing development in several events well-attended by NBA scouts, Martin decided to focus on his professional opportunities.
- Standing 6-foot-7 with a powerfully built 215-pound frame and limited length, Martin is not especially big for a power forward, which made the development of his perimeter skills and potential to evolve into more of a wing especially notable. From an athleticism standout, he leaves little to be desired possessing an impressive blend of strength and quickness and the explosiveness to dunk the ball emphatically anytime he finds a crease inside.
- A man among boys at the prep level, Martin was a force around the rim on both ends of the floor this season scoring at will in spurts and throwing shots in the stands on the defensive end. More importantly, he also showed key growth as a shooter, passer, and ball handler in space.
- Lacking great length, Martin is nonetheless strong and athletic enough to conceivably guard multiple positions. A steady competitor, he had some eye-opening moments last season.
- With limited high-end experience -- especially on the perimeter -- Martin flashes good instincts as a rebounder and shot blocker but is still developing in many ways.
- Originally committed to play college basketball at Vanderbilt as a freshman in 2019-20.
- In August 2019, announced he would play the 2019-20 season for IMG Academy’s Post-Graduate team, with the intention of entering the 2020 NBA Draft.
- Led IMG to a 29-3 record in 2019-20.
- Won two CIF Open Division state championships in California during his high school career.
- Averaged 19.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.1 blocks in 30 minutes per game.
- Made 69.1 percent (221-of-319) of his two-point field goals and 67.2 percent (92-of-137) of his free throws.
- Grabbed 2.1 offensive rebounds per game.
- Led IMG to the No. 2 seed in the 14-team National Prep Championship, a tournament featuring the nation’s elite post-graduate programs.
- Rated a three-star prospect in the Class of 2019, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
- Averaged 16.4 points and 9.0 rebounds as a senior for Sierra Canyon in Chatsworth, Calif.
- Has impressive physical tools
- Very quick off the floor.
- Plays bigger than his listed height.
- Very good rebounder at both ends.
- Father, Kenyon, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft and played 15 seasons in the NBA, with one All-Star appearance.
- High school teammates included NBA legend Scottie Pippen’s son, Scotty, who now plays at Vanderbilt, and Cassius Stanley, a 2020 NBA Draft prospect from Duke.
“I remember his energy the most. People fed off of him on the court, and when you have energy, it makes everyone else better. Everyone is up high; no one is down low. His energy helped a lot, and that is what I’m trying to bring to my game.”
-- Martin Jr., to ESPN’s The Undefeated, on learning from his father’s NBA career