Josh Martin, one of the state’s top prep basketball prospects, has withdrawn from Seattle Prep High School.
It is possible the 6-foot-7 Martin, a two-year starter who helped the Panthers reach the Class 3A state championship game as a sophomore last season, will enroll at either Bothell or Jackson. Debbie Martin, his mother, said the family is relocating for financial reasons and can no longer afford the tuition at Seattle Prep, a private school.
“It just comes down to what’s affordable,” she said Tuesday, noting they are looking at homes in Bothell and Mill Creek. “We should know in the next few days.”
Josh Martin’s stock has risen after a successful summer with Friends of Hoop and he has a scholarship offer from Washington. His mother said that while he has received “lots” of letters from several other colleges, there have been no other official offers.
Seattle Prep coach Mike Kelly said he had no idea Martin was leaving Prep until an e-mail from the family was forwarded to him last week. Martin played with the Panthers in June and took part in their team camp.
“Josh is a terrific young man,” Kelly said. “We’ll miss him and wish him the best of luck.”
Debbie Martin said the move “is not a basketball-motivated situation” and had kind words for Kelly.
“He loved our son and treated him with love and respect,” she said. “From a basketball aspect, we have no complaints. It was just an emerging (financial) situation and we needed to stop the bleeding.”
Scott Martin, Josh’s father, is a contratctor and the family also operates a small espresso stand. Both businesses have struggled the past few years with the economic downturn, Debbie Martin said. They also have a 13-year-old daughter who is home-schooled, as Josh was in seventh and eighth grades.
Debbie said the decision to change schools has been “challenging” for Josh, but that both he and his sister are aware of the family’s financial situation.
“Josh will be fine wherever he lands,” she said. “He is excited to go on and play at the next level and has a strong work ethic.”