2020 NBA Draft Profile: Kenyon Martin Jr.

06/04/2020 at 12:06pm

Kenyon Martin Jr.
6’7  |  SF/PF  |  19.3  |  IMG Academy  |  HS

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 6’7 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.

PlayType Analysis

  • Among the more gifted athletes at the prep level, Martin’s ability to play with his head at rim level stands out as he is able to explode to the rim fluidly in transition and power up impressively to finish with two hands off of jump stops inside.

  • Showing dramatic improvement as a three-point threat from the high school line after playing primarily inside early in his career, Martin’s mechanics and range are coming along nicely leaving plenty of room for optimism about his ability to provided floor spacing down the road.  His release is slightly unorthodox, but far from problematic.

  • Making similar strides as a passer, as imposing as Martin was, he showed unselfishness finding the open man with both hands last season.

  • Flashing impressive body control taking the ball coast to coast and finishing through contact, Martin possesses a comfort level with the ball in the open floor but is still evolving as a ball handler in the half court.  His first step is a plus as a slasher, but his floor game and overall consistency remain a work in progress.

Defensive Analysis

  • 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.