The Best Unknown Junior in the West

San Diego has had it's share of players over the years, but there haven't been a lot of elite level guys. Mikel Watson, a 6-0 PG from El Camino, has a chance to be a big-time player...

Mikel (pronounced "Michael") Watson, 6-0 JR PG San Diego (Calif.) El Camino, is a player we first saw at the San Diego Super 60 league last spring. We were intrigued by his frame and outside shot, but he didn't play in the summer and we didn't see him again until last month at the Torrey Pines tournament.

What we saw was very impressive. Watson is quick, with long arms and he's an aggressive defender. Physically, he reminds us of Ashanti Cook. He shoots a set shot on threes, but he's got very deep range. He's difficult to defend because he'll go by defenders and shoot a tear-drop runner in the lane (on the way up, a la Mark Jackson) that is impossible to defend. He does need work on his mid-range jump shot.

El Camino needs Watson to score, so he is more of a shoot-first PG at this time. But he's not a selfish player and we like his feel for the game. He also plays a complete game -- he'll defend and he rebounds well for a guard. After Ayinde Ubaka, Watson has the best combination of physical attributes and skill level among the junior point guards in the west.

Stanford, Nebraska, Yale, Gonzaga, Liberty, San Diego, San Diego St. and Pepperdine have all expressed early interest in Watson and we expect more high majors to be added to the list by spring.


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