Watson Picks Pac-10 Program

After taking a few visits, James Watson decided he was ready to make his decision. Sunday evening Watson made his pick and called the coaches involved.

James Watson is headed west. The 6-foot-8, 195-pound forward picked Washington State over a host of schools because of their conference affiliation and his overall relationship with Tony Bennett.

"First they have a better program and they are going to help me get my degree," Watson said when asked about his decision. "They are also in the Pac-10 and I'll be playing against players that are going to be in the NBA."

"Coach Bennett and I have a good relationship. That's why I like those guys so much. He's really easy to talk and he's going to help me make it in college. Plus I like their other coaches and players and the entire staff."

Watson made his decision Sunday evening after returning from his visit from Missouri State. The Stringtown (Okla.) High standout said he also considered Baylor, Idaho State, Idaho and North Texas.

Watson feels like he can make an impact at Washington State his first year on campus. He said he'll bring a little bit of everything to the table, but his defense is what he thrives on.

"I'll help them out with blocking shots, rebounding and they'll have me playing both the three and the four and I think I'll fit in just right."


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