Three days after the LSU football team ended its season, freshman safety Ronald Martin officially became a two-sport athlete when he practiced with Trent Johnson’s basketball team for the first time.
Johnson said Martin will travel with the Tigers this weekend when LSU continues its Southeastern Conference basketball schedule Saturday at Arkansas. The first order of business, however, is to get the former White Castle star comfortable with LSU’s attack on offense and defense.
“You would have liked to have had him a week or two before a game,” Johnson said. ”But believe me, if he can help us, he’s going to be out there. The sooner, the better.”
Martin, 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, earned all-state honors as a senior at White Castle in football and basketball after leading the Bulldogs to the Class 1A state title in both sports.
As a basketball player, Johnson said Martin is strong, has a nice outside jumper and a good skill set.
“And he obviously likes contact, which I like,” Johnson said.
Martin is the first LSU football player to hit the Pete Maravich Assembly Center hardwood since Robert Royal, an All-SEC tight end who played in five games for John Brady in the 2000-01 season.
As a freshman on the LSU football team, Martin played in three games, registering two solo tackles and one asssit.
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