One of the most recent players that the Pitt staff has contacted is Melik Martin, an athletic 6-foot-6 wing/forward who is transferring from Monmouth.
Martin mostly played forward in his four seasons with Monmouth, but would like to play more of a wing role on the outside for his new team. At 6-foot-6, 200 pounds, he has a strong inside game and has seen his outside game improve steadily throughout his college career.
“My best strength is my vision, seeing the whole floor, seeing the plays develop before they happen offensively and defensively,” Martin told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I try to play a complete game, get rebounds, steals on defense, and I like to score and get assists, and take care of the ball on offense.
As a senior, the lefty averaged 12.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, the highest numbers of his career.
“I put in a lot of work this offseason over the summer, definitely had a lot of time to improve myself and work on all of my game,” he said. “Everybody is saying my second half of the season was great, but I felt like I did well the entire season. So that is just an interesting perspective. But it is cool seeing that my numbers jumped up as I got more comfortable out there.”
After entering the portal, Martin, a York, Pennsylvania native, was recently contacted by Pitt assistant coach Milan Brown.
“He said he wanted to touch base and speak to me more about the program. He told me he was looking forward to catching up with me.”
Although Martin is in the process of hearing from a number of programs such as St. Bonaventure, LaSalle, Rhode Island, Oregon State, UMass, West Virginia and others, he’s anxious to keep the conversation going with the staff from Pitt as his recruitment moves along.
“We played against them my junior year at their place and lost,” he said. “That was after a road trip, but it was still a pretty good game. But I know they’re from Pittsburgh, so me being from PA, that is what interests me about them.”
Monmouth plays in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), and although the competition is certainly not what it is in the ACC playing for Pitt, Martin says he is looking forward to a jump in competition.
“It definitely would be a jump,” Martin said. “I would be excited for it, honestly, because my goal is to make it to the NBA. I think that would be something that would be good for exposure. I definitely would help them try and win games. Another goal of mine is to make it to the NCAA Tournament. The ACC is a multiple-bid conference, and it is a great opportunity to win, so that is what I want: to play against the best competition.”
“I am looking for a school that will have a good shot at March Madness,” he added. “That is one goal of mine, to play in March Madness, and to win games there, not just make it. I would like to win games there when I make it. Also, a good history of sending kids pro, because that is one of my goals. I have played the forward these last couple of years and I would like to play the wing and really showcase my entire game. But yeah, first and foremost, I really want to win.”