July 29, 2013 by Ryan MacDougall
By Ryan MacDougall
Sunday night, new head coach Andy Enfield got his first high school commitment at USC in Malik Price-Martin from Oakland Park, Florida. He is a 6-foot-9 power forward with unbelievable athleticism and length. His height, athleticism and tremendous leaping ability makes him the perfect fit to be the receiver of the many lobs in Enfield’s “Dunk City” style of play.
Price-Martin was drawing heavy interest from Miami, and had offers from Florida, Florida State, Louisville, and Syracuse. He is a four-star recruit according to Rivals and 24/7 Sports, and a three-star according to Scout.com and ESPN. 24/7 Sports has Price-Martin ranked as the 70th best player in the 2014 recruiting class while Rivals has him at 87th.
His game is a little raw, but Price-Martin is already is able to utilize his athleticism in several facets of his game. He is great at using his gifts to attack the rim, crash the offensive glass and slam in put-backs. He also is able to use his length and athleticism to protect the rim and block shots from behind. Price-Martin has a decent jumper, with range out to the three point line. He should become an even better shooter at USC with Enfield refining his mechanics, but will need to add weight to his 190-pound frame to reach his potential at the college level.
With the dearth of big men on the USC roster, there is no doubt Price-Martin will play immediately next fall. Besides Price-Martin, the 2014-15 roster will only have Strahinja Gavrilovic, Nikola Jovanovic and Charlotte transfer Darion Clark as big men, with Clark the only one having played substantial minutes at the D-1 level. USC might try to pick up another big in the 2014 class, such as Thomas Welsh or Khadeem Lattin, but Trojan fans should definitely expect to see Price-Martin slamming in plenty of lobs in 2014.