6’2 2019 standout Mark ‘rocket” Watts from Old Redford Academy is a scoring machine. And much like Rockets guard James Harden or Russell Westbrook, Watts is a scoring guard who despite his size can get to the basket and score at will.
He told Spartan Nation, “I’m trying to have numbers like those guys.” Watts said with a laugh.
Watts numbers are not so bad themselves right now, as through his team’s first four games in which Old Redford is 2-2, Rocket is averaging 25.5 points per game, four assists per game, five rebounds per game while shooting 60% from the field according to the stats sent to Spartan Nation by head coach Craig Covington
“The year is going great so far.” Watts said “We just need to keep getting better so we can win our district this year.” Coach Covington added “In the high school season he does whatever we need him to do to win, during AAU is when he can really show all that he can do and when I feel his recruitment will really pick up.”
Besides the high school season Rocket has also been busy going to college games for unofficial visits. Watts visited Oakland, who along with University of Detroit has offered the star sophomore already, for the Georgia game. “I had a good time at the game, I didn’t know too much about Oakland before the game but that was a big win for them over a SEC team like Georgia.”
Rocket also was to Michigan for the Furman game. “I have a pretty good relationship with the coaches and getting to talk to Coach Beilein was good.” Watts added “I also grew up watching Derrick Walton play so it was cool to see him.”
Mark has also visited Michigan State for their game against Northeastern. “I have a good relationship with Cassius Winston so it was real cool to go to that game.” Watts said. “I got to talk to the coaches and I have been building a pretty good relationship with them as well.” This weekend Watts will be visiting Xavier for their game against St Johns Saturday.
Rocket is currently working on his outside shooting and moving without the ball. “I have been working on my jump shot overall.” Watts said “Both off the dribble and shooting off screens.” Rocket is at his best when he is getting to the basket and scoring but he is continuing to work on his overall game. “I want to get stronger and faster.” Watts said. “I want to get my name known nationally so I am working hard so that can happen.”
For those around the country who do not know the name Mark Rocket Watts just yet, they soon will. After the season Watts will again be playing AAU with the talented team The Family on Nike’s EYBL tour.
Stay tuned to Spartan Nation for the latest on Rocket and his recruitment!