Watford Close to Pro Decision

Early Tuesday, it was reported that Christian Watford had signed a deal to play professional basketball in Israel. Later in the day, however, Watford's father, Ernest Watford, said that nothing is official and a decision will come on Wednesday.

Former Indiana basketball standout Christian Watford may indeed end up playing basketball in Israel but it's far from a done deal, his father told AllHoosiers.com today.

Early Tuesday the story began making the rounds that Watford had signed a deal to play in Israel with Hapoel Eilat. The story appeared on several websites and make its rounds via Twitter.

But Ernest Watford, Christian's father, said later Tuesday that it's all still premature.

"There's a lot of stuff floating around but nothing is done yet,'' Ernest Watford said. "We don't have a contract and we haven't made a final decision. This could very well end up being the way we go but we just haven't signed anything yet.''

According to Ernest Watford, his son has also received offers to play overseas in Russia and Hungary.

Watford, who graduated from IU in the spring, played for both the Indiana Pacers and Dallas Mavericks during the NBA Summer League season.

Attempts to reach Christian Watford were unsuccessful. The voice mail on his cell phone indicated it was full and could not accept any more messages.

Ernest Watford indicated that his son hoped to make his final decision on Wednesday afternoon. It was his hope that a contract would be signed at that time.

Once Watford signs, that will make a total of five players from last season's IU basketball team that have signed to play professional basketball in the fall. Victor Oladipo was the second pick overall in the NBA Draft by Orlando while teammate Cody Zeller was the fourth selection overall by Charlotte.

Jordan Hulls has signed to play professionally in Poland and Derek Elston has signed to play in Malta.

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