RAHWAY, N.J. -- More than any other player on his team, Chris Martin may be benefiting from St. Patrick's undefeated season and run to a potential mythical national championship. While fellow seniors Michael Gilchrist (Kentucky) and Derrick Gordon (Western Kentucky) locked up their college choices long ago, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Martin is uncommitted and is using St. Patrick's run as a springboard to more college scholarship options.
"It's helped a lot," Martin said Sunday after scoring 13 points as the undefeated Celtics (26-0) beat Gill St. Bernard, 69-41, in the Non-Public North B semifinals. "My recruiting is skyrocketing at St. Pat's."
A dangerous 3-point shooter, Martin said he holds offers from UAB, VCU and TCU, and has interest from UNLV, Marquette and Boston College. "I really like UNLV and UAB and VCU, those are probably my top three," Martin said.
He plans to take some visits after the season ends.
But first there is the matter of the unofficial national championship game Wednesday against St. Anthony at Rutgers.
The Friars (28-0) must take care of Oratory Prep on Monday night to finalize the dream matchup between the top two teams in the nation.
"I've heard people say that St. Anthony is going to whup us," Martin said. "They're a good team. Don't get me wrong, they're definitely a good team. But we're a good team, too. And we're going to come out and play as hard as we can and try to get the win."