2005 Focus: Kashif Watson

Kashif Watson, a 6-1 junior point guard from Las Vegas, is receiving considerable interest from a number of schools. He says two schools are at the top of his early list...

Kashif Watson, 6-1 JR PG Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman, is the younger brother of Tennessee PG C.J. Watson. While Kashif is not as skilled as his brother was at the same age, he might have more upside down the road. Kashif is the more explosive athlete and he has a chance to be a great defender.

We spoke with Watson recently and asked him about the schools that have expressed early interest in him.

"St. John's, San Diego State, Arizona State, Kentucky, Kansas, Iowa State, Texas Tech, USC, Utah, Tennessee and Notre Dame," said Watson.

Watson said a number of those programs have been out to his school this fall to watch him play. "Arizona State, St. John's, Texas Tech, Utah, Tennessee, Iowa State and Notre Dame have all come to my school," said Watson.

We asked Watson if any schools stand out from the group at this time. "St. John's and Tennessee would be my two favorites right now. My brother goes to Tennessee and I like St. John's. They have a good program, I like New York and I like Coach Jarvis."

Watson said academics and where he sees a program being in a couple years will be factors in his decision. He said location is not an issue.

Watson doesn't plan on making a decision anytime soon. "I'll sign in the early signing period next fall," said Watson. "But I'll wait until after the summer to decide."

Watson told us that he has a 3.0 GPA so far this semester and he'll take the SAT in April.

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