On Sunday, Creighton picked up a commitment from Maurice Watson Jr., who goes by Mo, but "Doo Wop" is the nickname the Boston University transfer prefers.
Allen Iverson, legendary point guard for Watson's hometown 76ers, coined the moniker after "The Answer" watched Watson play at a cookout both attended. Iverson remains his favorite player even though they approach the lead guard position in different ways.
"I'm a pass-first point guard," Watson said over the phone Monday. "I love to get up and down."
Watson decided to leave BU after leading the Terriers to the NIT in his second season. In his freshman and sophomore campaigns, the Terriers starter scored 800 points and dished out 410 assists to just 192 turnovers. In his final season at Boston, Watson led his team in points (13.3), assists (7.1) and steals (2.1). While he was playing well in Boston, he was also flying under the radar. Watson left Beantown, hoping a change of scenery would help him reach the league Iverson excelled in.
"I have aspirations to play in the NBA," Watson said. "I just don't feel like I was on a big enough stage for that to happen."
While increased exposure was the main reason behind the transfer, Watson found other things he liked about the Creighton program. When the Bluejays reached out a couple days after Watson made his intentions public, it was head coach Greg McDermott on the other end of the line. Watson led on that he only considered programs whose head coach reached out first.
Kansas headlined the list of other schools interested in Watson, but after a trip to Omaha, his only visit of the process, there was little left to decide. Watson enjoyed the early parts of his visit before he even met McDermott in person: checking out campus and the surrounding area, playing pickup with the team, checking out the arena, meeting with academic advisors and interacting with the Bluejay faithful. After his parents arrived and Watson got to meet with McDermott on Saturday night, the decision to head west was all but made.
"Coach Mac just sold me well; he sold Creighton well," Watson said. "I didn't even see Coach Mac until Saturday night, and I was there since Friday. So just being around there without him and then he came, and that basically wrapped it up for me.
The Philadelphia native will leave the Patriot League to compete in the same conference, at least in name, as Iverson. Playing in the BIG EAST means frequent trips back to the area where Watson is from. While playing in front of family and friends is something "Doo Wop" looks forward to, he's also got a little bit of revenge on his mind.
"These schools didn't recruit me, and I'm from there," the future Bluejay said. "Now, I get to go back and show them what they missed out on."
The 5-foot-10 point guard will have to wait a year before showing Villanova and the rest of the conference what he's made of. He'll have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting due to NCAA rule. Watson noted that his jump shot and explosiveness are the areas he needs to work on the most, but he does not plan to dedicate his year off solely to improving those two skills.
"That year off, I'm going to work on everything," Watson said. " I mean, nobody's perfect. Everybody has more stuff to work on. Even things I'm strong at, I need to be stronger."
The year off gives Watson time to evaluate his game, and it conveniently allows seniors-to-be Austin Chatman and Devin Brooks to mentor Watson in their final seasons on the Hilltop. After Chatman and Brooks move on it will likely be up to Isaiah Zierden and "Doo Wop" to make sure the Creighton offense runs in harmony.
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