Bright Spot: ASU-bound Fil-Am hoopster Remy Martin leads Sierra Canyon to 4th straight division title
by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News
CHATSWORTH, CA — With back to back state titles, a celebrity fanbase, and nationally televised games — Sierra Canyon High School is considered one of the top high school basketball teams in the country.
And the Trailblazers leader is a big haired, high-flying Fil-Am named Remy Macaspac Martin.
“It’s great to be in our position, we’re one of the top teams in the country — if you ask me we’re the top team in the country,” Martin tells BA. “It’s great. We’re very humble to have the people around us, my family is great… you don’t really find a high school team that has so much talent and is very special.”
The 5’11 point guard will be going to Arizona State University next year.
The Sun Devils have produced some big-time NBA talent, including former Los Angeles Lakers NBA champion Byron Scott, and current NBA All-Star James Harden of the Houston Rockets.
“They have one of the best coaches I think that will get me to my dream — and the weather. West Coast… it’s far from family but not too far,” Martin says. “Somewhere where I can expand and be my own person. It’s perfect for me and that’s all that matters.
Perhaps no one is prouder of the Fil-Am teen than his family, who came full force on Senior Night.
His mother Maryanne Macaspac Martin migrated from Pampanga to the US as a teenager.
She says as early as age one, “Remy-boy” was already showing a love for hoops.
“Masaya kami kasi mabait sya bata marami sya mga qualities ng as a son. We’re happy to have him,” said mother Maryanne. “Maraming salamat. Natutuwa kami kasi masyado syang malalim. Sabi nya, mom, I want you to be happy for me. I’m going to play basketball. So I said, sure go ahead.
While he enjoys the spotlight and looks forward to college, the Fil-Am is hoping to take his game overseas — especially to the Philippines.
Martin got his dual citizenship at age 16, and has been eager to visit the Philippines. He hopes to some day play for the national team.
“I want to be an iconic figure for the Philippines. I want to be the face of basketball for the Philippines. I think I’m capable of doing that,” he says. “I think my national level and competitive spirit could help the Philippines. All I want to do is help them in anyway i can.”
“I was thinking about going playing for the 17-U filipino team, but we just decided to stick out and just play.”
And he’s doing well sticking it out, leading Sierra Canyon to its 4th straight Gold Coast League Championship in Thursday night, beating Crossroads High 79 to66.
His steal and dunk in the opening minutes sparked a high flying dunk contest.
While he scored 9 points in this game, Martin’s main role was as a facilitator, showing of his sharp passing skills.
“I had to get the energy and intensity up. It’s senior night. I wanted to do something and bring the energy like I’ve never had before — it was a great win,” he said after the game.
Sierra Canyon has not lost a league game in four years, and has had a high profile student body and fan base.
Actor Anthony Anderson was present to congratulate the future Sun Devil on his win.
More celebrations are expected when Trailblazers will try to win their third straight state championship later this year.