Scouting Ibi Watson

Here is what Michigan is getting in three-star Ibi Watson.

The Michigan Wolverines knew they had to make a decision this week on Ibi Watson. The three-star wing wanted to get his recruitment done with shortly after the July evaluation period, and with that an offer was extended and a commitment was made. Here is a look at what the Wolverines are getting in Watson.

When talking about Watson’s game, the first thing to note is his ability to shoot the basketball. While he isn’t a knockdown shooter yet in terms of percentages, he has a great shooting stroke and is someone who can really catch fire and hit multiple threes in a short period of time.

As Watson gets more reps and more confidence in that jumper he could be someone who really takes off as a shooter going forward.

Also Watson brings solid size, he is a legit 6-foot-4 and maybe slightly taller, and versatility to the court. With that in mind he can play the shooting guard or small forward position on the offensive end, and also is a capable defender who should in time be more than adequate in that area, potentially even developing into someone who can be looked to lockdown an opponent’s top scorer.

In terms of some things Watson needs to work on, he absolutely has to get tougher. This means not only rebounding more, but finishing stronger when he gets into the lane and takes contact.

As he gets stronger that should help, but there is also a bit of mindset involved here. Watson is going to have to be more aggressive in his mindset and have that transition how he plays. Without that, he will never be able to capitalize on his natural gifts of size and athleticism.

Going forward it wouldn’t be shocking to see Michigan either redshirt Watson or trying to bring him along slowly. This is not a kid who projects right now to be an immediate impact player.

If he develops the right way under the Michigan staff, which has an excellent track record, then he could by the time he is an upperclassmen be someone who not only has a spot in the rotation, but could be a go to player.

In this instance the Michigan staff saw a talented but raw kid, and decided their system and their culture was a place he could develop and prosper. Now it is on Watson to take to the coaching, and if he does Michigan could have someone who shocks some and turns into a very good player in the Big Ten conference.

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