With multiple scholarships available for new Rutgers men's basketball coach Steve Pikiell to fill, there is little doubt he and his coaching staff are considering all avenues in landing new players. The transfer market is rather busy these days, and Rutgers is now in the mix for two former Top 100 recruits from the class of 2014.
Transferring NC State guards Caleb and Cody Martin plan to take visits to Cal, Rutgers, PC and DePaul, source tells @SNYtv— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 16, 2016
The brothers Martin spoke with NC State coach Mark Gottfried after the season before ultimately deciding to leave the ACC school. Gottfried had this to say on the twins leaving his program:
"While I don't share all of their views, I have certainly come to understand and respect the unique dynamic and special bond that exists between identical twins, especially when they play the same sport for the same team," Gottfried said. "I enjoyed coaching them over the past two years."
Both players were 4-star recruits out of the famed high school program Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, They each held offers from Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, according to 247 sports, as well as interest from North Carolina, Xavier, Tennessee, and Georgetown. 247 sports rated the twins the 15th and 16th top small forwards in the 2014 recruiting class. You can view Cody's recruiting profile here and Caleb's here.
The duo have played both guard and the wing positions at NC State and were fourth and fifth on the team in scoring this past season. Caleb averaged 11.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 0.9 steals while playing 30.5 minutes per game last season. He also averaged 36% from three-point range on 219 attempts. Cody averaged 6.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.2 steals while playing 25.8 minutes per game last season. He is known as a strong defensive player. The twins were cited for their consistent effort last season in this article in what was a down year for NC State, which went 16-17 a year after advancing to the Sweet 16.
It appears the brothers plan to transfer to the same school together and would have two more seasons of eligibility after they would sit out next season. The North Carolina natives were also reported to be considering UNC-Wilmington, Old Dominion, and East Carolina as well, so it's possible they are looking to be big fishes in a smaller pond with this next move.
The fact that Rutgers is being considered by the twins is a positive, as both are ACC battle tested and would bring talent and experience with them. No word yet on the date of their visit. It was also reported by Adam Zagoria that Rutgers is hosting a JUCO player this weekend.
Rutgers is hosting 6-9 F Candido Sa of San Jacinto on an official this weekend, per sourcehttps://t.co/2pPskSdxIV— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 16, 2016
Sa, a native of Portugal, averaged 4.9 points and 5.5 rebounds as a freshman at San Jacinto-Central last season and it seems he has three years of eligibility remaining, despite being listed as 23 years old. He could play right away next season as a JUCO transfer.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that head coach Steve Pikiell is close to formally announcing Brandin Knight as an assistant coach, he and his staff are hard at work in rebuilding the roster for next season. The Martin twins are intriguing targets for Rutgers and hopefully they visit the program soon. Here are highlights from their freshman season at NC State.