Watkins Signs With Illini

University of Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber announced today the signing of shooting guard Quinton Watkins to a national letter of intent on the first day of the spring signing period. The 6-3, 185-pound Watkins is a national Top 100 recruit from Compton, Calif. He attends Dominguez High School under the direction of head coach Russell Otis.

Watkins Signs With Illini California guard becomes fourth member of Illinois' 2007 class University of Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber announced today the signing of shooting guard Quinton Watkins to a national letter of intent on the first day of the spring signing period. The 6-3, 185-pound Watkins is a national Top 100 recruit from Compton, Calif. He attends Dominguez High School under the direction of head coach Russell Otis.  

Watkins averaged 19.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, three assists and two steals during his senior season at Dominguez, earning team MVP honors as well as being named Co-MVP of the San Gabriel Valley League. The lefty was named to three All-Tournament teams during the season (Westchester Tip-Off Classic, Ocean View Tournament of Champions and Torrey Pines Holiday Prep Classic) and averaged 23 points in four postseason games as Dominguez advanced to the semifinals of the Div. 1AA CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) Southern Section Tournament. Dominguez went 22-8 overall in 2006-07 and was co-champion of the San Gabriel Valley with a league record of 9-1.  

Watkins was a first-team All-CIF Div. 1AA selection and was named first-team Dream Team and second-team Best in the West by the Long Beach Press-Telegram. Ranked as one of the top five shooting guards on the West Coast, is ranked 98th overall by ESPN.com. He is also a three-star recruit by Scout.com.  

"We are excited to officially welcome Quinton Watkins to the Illini family," Weber said. "He was one of the top unsigned players in the country and is widely considered one of the best guards on the West Coast. He's known for his shooting ability, but he has the athleticism to get to the basket and is a solid defender as well. Quinton also benefited from playing at Dominguez under a highly successful coach in Coach Otis who has produced a number of outstanding players that have gone on to college and the NBA, including names like Tayshaun Prince and Tyson Chandler."  

Watkins becomes just the third Californian to play basketball for the Illini, joining Blandon Ferguson of Oakland, Calif. (lettered from 2002-03) and Glenn Potter of Orange, Calif. (lettered from 1922-24). Watkins is the fourth member of Illinois' 2007 recruiting class, joining point guard Demetri McCamey (Westchester, Ill./St. Joseph H.S.), power forward Bill Cole (Peoria, Ill./Richwoods H.S.) and center Mike Tisdale (Riverton, Ill./Riverton H.S.).  


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