His older brother hit one of the most iconic college basketball shots of the last decade, but now Trendon Watford is beginning to make a name for himself. The class of 2019 forward is one of the most gifted players in the class, and college coaches are already taking notice.
Watford has been on the radar of college teams for a while now since he has played well above his age level or a while, and at the Nike Elite 100 he showed to be one of the best underclass prospects in the nation.
“I think I played pretty well,” said Watford. “Coming into the camp I wanted to make the Nike Academy and I feel like I did enough to earn that invite. It was a good camp, and overall I feel like I played well.”
He continued about his game, “I am just trying to stay versatile. I want to show that I can shoot the ball and also push the ball in transition.”
On the recruiting trail Watford has made visits to several schools.
“I have been to Florida, Alabama, Auburn, and Mississippi State,” said Watford. “Also I saw my brother play games at Indiana.”
About the trip to Auburn, Watford said, “I just like the campus and the coaching staff. Coach (Bruce) Pearl and Coach (Chuck) Person are great guys and they try to stay in touch as much as they can, so that is a school I’m interested in.”
When it comes to Alabama, Watford responded, “I have talked to Coach Avery (Johnson) before and he seems like a good guy and obviously he coached in the NBA. I like the campus, so I am definitely interested in Alabama.”
The school with some intrigue for many is Indiana. Watford’s older brother, Christian, starred for the Hoosiers, and he has seen the campus and game atmosphere in Bloomington.
“I haven’t talked to Indiana too much, but they have a great atmosphere there, and my brother enjoyed his time there, so I will consider them,” Trendon explained.
For now the recruiting process is just beginning, but Watford says that his brother has given him advice on how to handle things.
“My brother told me it is going to be a tough decision,” said Watford. “He has told me how you always have to keep working and how tough it can be, so we are taking our time as a family.”