Oakland Park Northeast product Malik Price-Martin, an athletic 6-10 power forward and first team all-state selection last season, made an oral commitment to USC on Sunday.
“My family and I thought USC was the right move for me,’’ Price-Martin said. “I like the style of play. I’m a face up four that can take people off the dribble. They get up and down the court. I expect to fit in good.”
Price-Martin will spend next season at Brandon Faith Baptist adding some much needed bulk and refining his offensive repertoire before enrolling at USC for the 2014-15 season.
Landing Price-Martin, a four-star prospect ranked No. 87 by Rivals, is considered a recruiting coup for Andy Enfield, who helped unsung Florida Gulf Coast become the first No. 15 seed to earn a berth in the Sweet 16.
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At times last season, Price-Martin showed flashes of dominance which drew offers from reigning NCAA National champion Louisville, Connecticut, Miami, South Carolina, and UCLA, among others.
Price-Martin averaged 18 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks to emerge as a Broward Player of the Year candidate. In a tough 55-53 comeback road victory over McArthur, Price-Martin dominated with 19 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks.
“Coach Enfield can’t wait for me to get out to USC and get to work,’’ Price-Martin said. “I got to get stronger and work on my dribbling more. The year at Faith Baptist gives me time to work on my skills and get me bigger. I’m very relieved to get this over with.”