LSU's Jarell Martin is a promising power forward with good size and athleticism. The Wizards planned on bringing Martin in for Monday's pre-draft workout along with five other prospects including Arkansas big man Bobby Portis and Eastern Washington guard Tyler Harvey.
Portis and Harvey showed. Martin did not. Injury was the explanation, but perhaps there is more to the story. Promise.
Alex Kennedy with BasketballInsiders.com tweeted over the weekend, "I'm hearing that Jarell Martin has a mid-first-round promise from a team and will likely shut down all workouts."
Kennedy's nugget came out after Washington announced Martin's expected participation for Monday. If the report proves accurate, then a team picking ahead of the Wizards at 19 gave Martin's camp some strong indication that their client would not slip past their slot.
Promises, or at least reports of such a discussion, are nothing new. They also aren't binding. What's interesting here is that most NBA mock drafts and big boards don't include Martin among the top 20 selections. For example, DraftExpress.com ranks Martin as the 39th prospect in the draft, which is in line with CBSsports and CSNwashington.com.
It's doubtful any pundit would call foul if the 6-foot-9 tweener forward's name was called during the first round. The intriguing offensive prospect averaged 16.9 points and 9.2 rebounds during his sophomore campaign. But a mid-first-round promise seems rather aggressive. Then again, Martin passed on working out for the Wizards, at least for now.
Others attending Monday's session included Green Bay point guard Keifer Sykes, Dayton guard Jordan Sibert and Arkansas forward Rashad Madden. Quinnipiac forward Ousmane Drame replaced Martin.
[MORE WIZARDS: Bobby Portis doesn't let Wizards workout speak for itself]