Don't Know Freshman Guard Denzel Watts?

Don't know the top freshman player in the state? Well Michigan State's coaching staff knows and so do several other programs who have their eye on this top young talent who is raising eyebrows every time he steps on the court.

Freshman Denzel Watts has quickly made a name for himself on the high school scene and is making an argument for being the top player in the state of Michigan's 2013 class.

Watts is the starting point guard for Class A Flint Carman-Ainsworth and Tuesday night the 6-0 guard lit up the stat sheet for 17 points, 10 assist, and four

rebounds in an 88-68 win over Grand Blanc. It was just another day at the office for Watts who is averaging 13 points, six rebounds, and five assists a game for the 5-1 Cavaliers. Watts was unsure how his season was going to unfold with nine seniors returning to Carman's team.

"They have really welcomed me in with open arms. After the first game of the season I really gained their respect and once I got that they treat me just like any other teammate," states Watts.

That first game Watts is talking about he finished with 13 points, 8 assists, and six steals while knocking down some clutch free throws down the stretch in front of more than 2,000 fans….not bad for a varsity debut.

Although Watts is just at the starting line of his recruitment he has already drawn the attention from many top programs including Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Ohio State to name a few.

Watts has made one unofficial visit and that was to Michigan State during a football game in the fall.

"It was my first visit and I really enjoyed Michigan State. The coaches and players really welcomed me in," said Watts.

Watts also has an open invitation to get back up to East Lansing as soon as possible but he is unsure when that will be.

"I plan to visit Michigan State and take a bunch of visits in the spring. Michigan State wants me back up as soon as possible but it has been tough because I am so busy with school, practice, and working out with my personal trainer," explained Watts.

That's quite a plate full for a 15-year old!

"It's very time consuming and hard at times to get out a of a varsity practice, do my homework, and still work on my strength, speed and agility with my trainer. It's tough but I'm sure it will all payoff," said the 15 year old.

Watts first appeared on Michigan State's radar this summer by playing with the Team Detroit AAU program. At times Watts shared the back court with current Spartan commit Brandan Kearney and also led the Team Detroit 15-u team in points, assist, and steals while playing up.

Watts has a lot in common and is already being compared to another former Spartan and Flint native Mateen Cleaves. Like Cleaves, Watts is also a football standout at quarterback and has grown fond of working out.

"Cleaves was able to accomplish a lot and for me to only be a freshman it is an honor to be compared to him," said Watts.

But the direction Watts is heading, he too might be able to accomplish a lot.


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