Franklin Martin

Vice-President of Player Development

Frank Martin and Bill Walton
  • NBA Pro Development Camp, Owner
  • NBA Scout and Agent
  • Fordham University, Mens Basketball Assistant Coach
  • Hofstra University, Bachelor/Masters Degrees and Player
  • Fork Union Prep, Graduate and Player

(Left) Franklin with Bill Walton

Coach Franklin Martin is a premier nationally renowned player development coach who wants to get you ready to reach beyond your goals and surpass your next level of potential.

After a stellar prep career at Fork Union Military Academy (Fork Union, VA)  under legendary HS coach Fletcher Arritt, Coach Martin earned a full basketball scholarship to Hofstra University (New York).  During summers and post graduate years Coach Franklin Martin uses the PaddleMartin worked at the historic Five Star Basketball Camp where he cultivated his coaching skills under the tutelage of coaches such as Hubie Brown and Rick Pitino.  

From 1994 to 2000, Martin entered the sports agency business and during his tenure negotiated 13 NBA and 35 European contracts.  His players included: Anthony Mason (NY Knicks), Aaron Williams (NJ Nets), Mike James, Dwayne Schintzius (NJ Nets, Boston Celtics), Greg Dreiling (Pacers), and Erick Strickland (Mavericks).  Coach Martin trained his own players and then negotiated their contracts, thus he is credited for their improvements which led to careers once considered only DREAMS.

In 2001, Martin sold his sports agency and entered the NCAA D1 college coaching world when he accepted the head assistant coaching position at Fordham University (Bronx, NY) with former NBA Head Coach Bob Hill (San Antonio Spurs).  

After his successful tenure at Fordham, Martin moved to the west coast and reestablished player development business as the Pro Development Camp working closely with the famed Pete Newell and Hall of Famer Bill Walton to develop a curriculum for speed, agility, strength conditioning and most importantly multi-position, multi skill player development. His staff included coaches such as Phil Weber (Knicks, Suns, Pelicans), Gordon Cheisa (Nuggets) and Ganon Baker (Elev8).

Most all of the campers were NBA Players and those who were preparing for the NBA Pre-Draft and Training Camps including: Yi Lianiang (Nets), Speedy Claxton (Sixers), Ricky Sanchez (Stampede), Chris Humphries (Wizards), Howard Eisley (Timberwolves), Momadou N'Diaye (UC Irvine), Sean Marion (NBA Champ- Mavericks), Kevinn Pinkney (Nevada Reno), Pat Carroll (St. Joseph University, PA), Nic Lewis (Univ. San Diego), Keith Van Horn (Nets) and Marcus Slaughter (San Diego State, Turkish pro league). 

Over the past ten years Martin has helped place over 60 players into the college game.  Through 15 years of college playing and coaching, he has developed relationships on the high school, college and pro levels that are only a phone call a way.  When a player is "ready" he makes sure the player has the opportunity to prove themselves.

If you’re serious about being a PLAYER and want to commit your heart and soul, Coach Martin will help you turn your Dreams into Reality.

Wes Matthews Sr.

Wes Matthews
  • 2-time NBA champion with the Lakers (1987 and 1988)
  • Drafted 14th overall by the Washington Bullets in the 1980 NBA Draft
  • Played with NBA standouts Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Magic Johnson among others
  • Best Import Award winner for the Ginebra San Miguel of the PBA (1991)
  • Father of current NBA shooting guard Wes Matthews Jr.

Wes Matthews Sr. is a retired NBA guard who has played for six different NBA teams and in five professional basketball leagues throughout his career. The highlight of Wes’s career in the NBA came when he helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to two NBA championship wins in 1987 and 1988.

After being selected by the Washington Bullets with the 14th pick of the 1980 NBA Draft, Wes played nine seasons total in the NBA with the Bullets, Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and the Lakers, scoring 3,654 career points. While with the Lakers, Wes shared the court with Magic Johnson, Byron Scott and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius Erving, Charles Barkley, George Gervin, Michael Jordan, Moses Malone, Wes Unseld, James Worthy and Elvin Hayes.

Wes was coached throughout his career by Hall of Famers Jerry West, GM of the Lakers, Billy Cunningham with the 76ers, Gene Shue in Washington, Hubie Brown in Atlanta, and Pat Riley with the Lakers.

The 6’1” guard from Warren Harding High School in Bridgeport, CT, played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Wes retired from the game in 1996.

In the final regular season game of the 1979 Big 10 season Wes Matthews Sr. drains a buzzer beating half court shot to lead Wisconsin to an 83-81 victory over Magic Johnson's 1979 Michigan State squad. This was Michigan State's final loss of the season as they went on to win the Big 10 championship and then the NCAA title by beating Larry Bird's Indiana State team in the most watched game in NCAA history.

Matthews Relives His Big UW Moment

Sports Day with Bob Wolfley

Former Wisconsin basketball star guard Wes Matthews gives a first-person account of the of last shot in the last game Michigan State lost in the 1978-'79 season before going on to win the national championship over Indiana State.

Matthews tells his story in the Tuesday edition of Sporting News Today, which is running "I remember" features as part of its NCAA Tournament coverage.

Matthews recalls the halfcourt shot he made at the buzzer to beat the Spartans, 83-81, on March 3, 1979 at the Fieldhouse.

"They gave me the ball, and I had the full length to go," Matthews said. "I figured Michigan State coach Jud Heathcote was going to put a press on, force us to not even get a shot off.

"I waited for the defense, looking for someone close to me," Matthews said. "There was nobody there. I looked, and I had a half-court running start. I thought, 'They're going to sit back and watch this? OK. The basketball gods were on my side. I took three dribbles and let it go. I thought, 'This might have a chance.' When it went off the glass and in, the crowd went crazy."

Later in his career, when Matthews was on Magic Johnson's Lakers team, Magic invited him over to his house and they watched a film of that shot.

"He said, 'That right there, I'll never forget. That got me a national championship when you hit that shot. You were the main inspiration that caused us to go on and win it. You left a bitter taste in my mouth.' "

Eric Sobelman

Eric Sobelman
  • Varsity Assistant for 2015 State Champion Fairfield College Prep School
  • Five-Star Basketball Coach and Skill Development Trainer
  • TPG Sports Certified Pro Scout School
  • Ganon Baker Elev8 Certified Skill Development Coach

(Left) Eric with Hall of Fame St. John University coach Lou Carnesecca

Coach Eric Sobelman has run skill development workouts for grade school, high school, and college levels and has been provided player evaluations and scouting analyses for NBA pre-draft / NBA workouts.  In 2011 he was a select player on the European Exposure Tour and in 2013, a training camp invitee to the Brooklyn Blackout Professional Team.  Sobelman has also coached at the Westport and Fairfield YMCAs. 

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