August 5, 2013 by Max Meyer
By Max Meyer
Galen Central has been doing profiles on incoming USC basketball players. Malik Price-Martin is our first profile on a commit in USC’s 2014 recruiting class. Read earlier profiles on: Kahlil Dukes, Nikola Jovanovic, Julian Jacobs, Pe’Shon Howard, Katin Reinhardt, Darion Clark, Roschon Prince and Devon Pflueger.
Malik Price-Martin is a lot of things. He’s a very funny guy who has an even more amusing Twitter feed (follow him @PTP_Leak). He’s a 6’10” power forward with a very strong mid-range game. He only weighs 190 pounds, yet he averaged 13 rebounds and four blocks per game during his senior season at Oakland Park Northeast.
Additionally, Malik Price-Martin happens to be Andy Enfield’s first commit as USC coach.
“[Enfield] was really persistent recruiting me,” Price-Martin said in a phone interview. “He showed up to every game and sat in the front row. He called me a lot and we have a good relationship. I knew where I wanted to go, so I felt that there was no point in waiting to commit.”
Rivals rates Price-Martin as a four-star prospect and he is also ranked as the 87th best 2014 prospect in the nation. Enfield’s first commit is a major coup considering more prestigious basketball schools, such as Louisville and Syracuse, were all after the skilled power forward. Even though local schools, such as Florida and Miami, were very interested in him as well, Price-Martin said his family fully supported his decision to play college basketball at USC.
His 18 points per game along with his aforementioned 13 rebound and four block averages in his senior season is some of the evidence why he was highly sought after by several big-name schools across the country.
Price-Martin is very excited to play college basketball out on the West Coast, and plans to bulk up and work on his game at Faith Baptist Prep School in Brandon, Florida during his extra year of high school. Price-Martin wanted the extra year to improve the physicality of his game and to help smoothen the transition to his freshman season in college. Once he comes out to California though, he’s excited to play in Enfield’s scheme.
“I think I’ll be a good fit in Coach Enfield’s system since I run the floor well and am strong in transition,” Price-Martin explained. “He will be able to help me with my shooting and ball handling. Coach told me that he will make me into a pro by improving my game, and that I will have a fun time out there.”
Price-Martin will play an even bigger role for USC off the court over the next year. He’s already started recruiting some of the other big name players in his class to come join him in Los Angeles under Enfield. And yes, one of the players he’s been talking with is Stanley Johnson.
Price-Martin expects to be a key weapon under Enfield because he provides a major mismatch on the floor. His athleticism and ability to run up and down the court will make it tough on opposing big men to keep up with him. Price-Martin’s versatility on offense makes it tougher for defenses to cover a guy who can impact his team’s offensive flow in several ways.
Kevin Durant is a name that pops up when people try to compare Price-Martin’s game with NBA players. Sure, their similar builds are obvious, but both have the ability to be able to score in so many different ways. Also like Durant, Price-Martin has the ability to defend multiple positions because of his height and athleticism. In fact, he believes he can also play small forward or even center when he enters Pac-12 play.
Price-Martin loves to entertain people whether through his humor or his tweets. But, he’s also ready to entertain USC basketball fans as soon as he comes out to Los Angeles for the 2014-15 season.
“For the most part, everybody was telling me congratulations and supporting my decision,” he said. “USC is the best and I’m excited for the West Coast style. Just be ready to see me come out there and put on a show.”