— Jerron Martin (@JMART_14) May 7, 2013
As he is often prone to do on the court, Princeton Day’s Jerron Martin got a bit creative when announcing his college decision on Twitter.
Using the trendy video app known as Vine, the senior guard pledged to Mississippi on Tuesday, just a few days after taking an official visit to the Oxford campus.
“When I went down there, I loved the coaches, the campus and it seemed like the right fit for me,” Martin said in a Wednesday phone interview. “I got a chance to play with the team and I really liked that. They know I can create off the dribble really well and at Princeton Day, I played a lot of combo guard, so I have experience playing off the ball as well, even though point guard is my natural position.”
Martin also held offers from LIU-Brooklyn, Monmouth and Quinnipiac and garnered strong interest from Cal State-Fullerton and UNC Greensboro, according to Princeton Day Coach Van Whitfield, who called Martin “a savvy player with a college-like approach to his studies and to his game.”
While playing for Bishop McNamara last year, Martin received offers from Loyola and Mount St. Mary’s, but those came off the table following the commitment of North Point guard Marquis Wright (who has since decommitted and signed with Siena) and his transfer to Princeton Day last winter.
The 6-foot-1, 165-pound guard averaged 15.5 points for the Storm, using a sweet stroke from the outside and an ability to attack the basket with his quickness and strong ball-handling skills.
Playing alongside electrifying point guard Aquille Carr helped increase Martin’s exposure on the recruiting trail, culminating with Ole Miss’s offer last month following a college workout in Maryland.
“At Princeton Day, I learned to play through my mistakes and learned how to play with a star player like Aquille,” Martin said. “Down at Ole Miss, I’ll be playing with another star in Marshall Henderson, so having that experience here taught me how to be more efficient and effective off the ball.”