Bloomington – Christian Watford will be making this weekend's trip to Bloomington a family affair.
The 6-7 ½, 215-pound forward from Birmingham, Ala., will be accompanied by both of his parents and both of his siblings this weekend when he comes to town for Indiana's Elite Camp. The Watfords will arrive in Bloomington Friday night for Christian's unofficial visit, and he's hoping to get more out of the trip than just the chance to participate in the elite camp.
"I want to get a feel for the school, talk to Coach (Tom) Crean and see how everything is going and see how I fit in with their program," Watford said.
Crean and his staff have made it clear that they think Watford would fit in quite nicely. Scout.com's 47th-ranked player in the '09 class has emerged as Indiana's top recruiting priority, an inside-outside combo forward who they think would be the perfect headliner to a class that already includes point guard Jordan Hulls, shooting guard Maurice Creek, and power forwards Bobby Capobianco and Derek Elston.
He knows the IU staff would love for him to add his name to that grouping this weekend. So is it a possibility?
"Ohh…no, I doubt it," Watford said about the possibility of committing while he was in town. "I'm sure they'd like me to, but I don't think they'll put any pressure on me to do it."
While Watford said he likely won't be ready to commit to IU this weekend, he's obviously giving serious consideration to being a part of IU's ‘09 class. He continues to list IU among his four front-runners along with Louisville, Kentucky and Memphis, and he's still targeting November as the time when he wants to make a decision.
He's already been to Kentucky for an elite camp earlier in the summer and he's been looking closely at his other options, and he says it's ultimately going to come down to finding the place that feels right and where he can step in and be a big part of the program.
"I'm looking for somewhere that I can go and be trusted, someone who will put the ball in my hands and trust me as a player," Watford said. "Development will be a big part of it so I can get to the next level."
This will mark Watford's second unofficial visit to IU. The Shades Valley Technical Academy standout was also in Bloomington in May for the Adidas May Classic, and used that opportunity to sit down with Crean and look around the campus as well. He said that trip made a very positive impression about the Hoosier program.
"I liked it a lot - the fans and the support of Indiana University is crazy," Watford said. "Basketball is crazy there, and there's a really good tradition."
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