Q & A with 2020 Princeton Commit Zach Martini as he heads to NJ Tip this weekend
Zach Martini enters his senior season looking to lead Gill St. Bernard's its 6th straight SCT title. HG Insider sits with Martini on his expectations for this season and decision to go to Princeton University.
Q: How would you describe yourself as a player to someone who has never seen you play?
A: For anyone who has never seen me play, I would describe myself as a versatile forward who can shoot the three ball as well as bruise you down low and is capable of guarding multiple positions on defense.
Q: What role / character do you play on your team?
A: This year I’m looking to be a leader for our team. We have a fairly young group with a few returning key pieces and I think it’s important that I try and be the voice on the court to get everyone to rally and buy into what Coach Sina preaches. I also take a lot of pride in how hard I play and I try to instill that in our young players.
Q: What's the ultimate goal that you are looking to achieve?
A: My personal goal is to win a State Championship and eventually a TOC. Usually a lot of people count GSB out and I love that and use that as fuel to go and show everyone what we are capable of. Although we are young we have a lot of smart players and I believe we can win every game we play with what we got.
Q: What are we going to see different from you this year?
A: I really trimmed down from last year and I’ve become a much more mobile player. This has allowed me switch on ball screens and become a more versatile defender. I also have been working on my shooting off the dribble and have seen a big improvement there and feel more comfortable with the ball in my hands.
Q: You’re committed to Princeton. What was the main reason for choosing them?
A: I chose Princeton because I know it’s a place where I can grow as a person on the court and in the classroom. The academic aspect was a huge priority of mine. Coach Henderson also did a tremendous job recruiting me and really made me feel welcome there.
Q: Who’s the best player you have played against?
A: I’d have to go with Greg Brown and Cade Cunningham I played them in AAU in the spring and they torched us. Best player I’ve played with would be Paul Mulcahy’s a complete floor general and great leader.
Q: What is something you would like people to know about you?
A: I’m a big Memphis Grizzlies fan. I’ve been ever since they got Zach Randolph. Their grit and grind mantra is something I think my game really embodies. A lot of people also ask me why I wear 54 and I don’t have an answer if anyone is wondering.