Martin to join LSU basketball team after football season

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 11:55pm

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) -- LSU defensive back Ronald Martin is expected to join Trent Johnson and the Tigers men’s basketball team after the completion of football season. Martin, a White Castle native, will join the team as a walk-on.

"As soon as Coach (Les) Miles gives us the green light, he will be on the roster. Obviously his priority right now is what is going on at football, but as soon as he is through and Coach Miles releases him, he will be over here helping us” Johnson said at media day Thursday.

Johnson says Martin will help the team much more in practice than by earning points during games "Ronald is a really good athlete with a physical approach that I love. He is not going to be put in situations where he has to learn too much at a fast rate, but where he can help us much like Andrew (Del Piero) in practice. It works out with the NBA lockout that we can use some of the players who are pros in occasional practices. However, hopefully the lockout will end soon, play will start and we will need another body for the scout team. This is where Ronald will come in to play."

The Tigers open up their season at home in the Maravich Center against Nicholls St, November 12, 2011.


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