Providence's Jim Martin will coach McDonald's All-American team


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Providence boy’s basketball coach Jim Martin has had two McDonanld’s All Americans (Grayson Allen in 2014 and Patric Young in 2010) come through his program. On Sunday Martin was selected to lead an entire team of All Americans. He will coach the East squad for the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago on March 29.

“It’s just a great honor for myself, our school, administration and our coaching staff” said Martin. “Fortunately our program has won a lot of games and we’ve been able to play a national and a statewide schedule. We’ve played some of the best teams in the country. I think the word has gotten out. We’ve knocked off a couple of top 10 teams. I think that has helped us quite a bit. But I really give a lot of credit to the players we’ve had in the past.”

Martin has won three state championships as coach of the Stallions. He joins former Ribault girls basketball coach Al Austin as the second area coach to lead a team in the McDonald’s game.

Coaching some of the most talented players in the country could be a daunting challenge. Martin says his game plan will be to keep things simple.

“You just have to get them in some basic sets and just let that talent rise to the top,” said Martin. “When you’re coaching great players like this, you let them do their thing.”