CALEB MARTIN 2018 NBA Draft Scouting Report
WEIGHT: 215 POUNDS
POSITION: SHOOTING GUARD/SMALL FORWARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: EARLY 2ND ROUND
Caleb Martin has always been known as one-half of the dynamic basketball duo, comprised of himself and his twin brother Cody. Originating from Mocksville, North Carolina, the two of them played their final year of high school at the renowned Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, one of the region’s true basketball powerhouses.
Coming out of high school, they were both among the top 75 prep recruits in the nation, and they both committed to play at North Carolina State under Mark Gottfried. And, after two seasons at NC State, both of them eventually decided to transfer to the University of Nevada.
Martin and his brother were attracted to the school because of the opportunity to play under head coach Eric Musselman, a former NBA player himself. At 6’7 and 215lbs, Caleb fits the new type of lengthy wing that the pro game seems to always be in search of, so the move made sense for him (and his brother).
And it paid off, too. With the Wolf Pack capturing the conference’s regular-season title this past season, Martin was named both the Mountain West’s player and newcomer of the year.
Martin made his living off utilizing his combination of size, motor, and basketball skills while at Nevada. Averaging just under 19 points this past season, Martin shows the baseline mechanics for a decent jump shot, which can be extended from rather deep. But as mentioned, he’s also highly proficient off the dribble, or creating scoring opportunities off the move. Because of his height, he’s capable of posting up smaller wing players that try to guard him.
But what makes Martin intriguing is the fact that he plays a bit more like a true wing player. He’s someone who shows a propensity for zipping around the floor without the ball in his hands, and guarding opposing players on the wing. If nothing else, he’s going to be someone who combines his natural athleticism with a motor that runs all-game long.
However, the big question for Martin is whether he has a true NBA skill that he can rely on as his “bread and butter” at the next level. He can shoot, but he’s not a great shooter. The junior can score, but he’s not really a great scorer. He likes to drive to the hoop, but he doesn’t have an elite first step off the dribble. He’s athletic, but not at the level of freakish athletes we see in the pro’s.
Scouts will also take a close look at Martin’ performance in the NCAA Tournament, when determining whether he’ll be able to hang with the pro’s. While he finished with a respectable average of 16.3 points per game, he shot an abysmal 39% in those games, and only had three visits to the free throw line in those games. And in that three-game span, he only played one team that finished the season ranked among the top 20 schools in the country (Cincinnati).
Martin is also going to need to put some bulk on his frame at the next level as well (though that should come with time). While he’s a willing and capable player, he’ll find it harder to utilize his size and height in the pro’s, compared to the way he was able to do so in college.
Martin’s combination of size and skill set should earn him a selection in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft. Still, he does have an upside that’s left to be tapped.
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