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Mark "Rocket" Watts has six offers and counting

Old Redford Academy (Detroit, MI) class of 2019 guard Mark "Rocket" Watts has six offers and counting.

  • Name: Mark 'Rocket' Watts
  • Classification: 2019
  • High School: Old Redford Academy (Detroit, MI)
  • Position: Guard
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-2, 165
  • Scout.com Ranking: 3-Star
  • AAU Team: The Family (Detroit, MI)
  • Colleges of Interest (O=Offer): Alabama, Cincinnati, Detroit (O), Georgia Tech (O), Iowa, Marquette (O), Michigan, Michigan State (O), Mississippi State (O), Oakland University (O), TCU, Xavier and others

"He is being recruited by Michigan State, Michigan, Alabama, Xavier, Cincinnati, Iowa, TCU, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State and others," said his high school head coach Craig Covington. "He has (early) offers from Mississippi State, Oakland University and the University of Detroit. Since playing in the Boo Williams tournament he has added offers from Michigan State, Georgia Tech and Marquette."

According to his coach, the early offer from Mississippi State was big for Watts.

"He thinks the offer from Mississippi State is really big," said Covington. "He is very excited about the offer because it was the first big 5 conference school that offered him. He understands that the SEC is one of the top conferences and that he can play against the Kentuckys, the Floridas, the Vanderbilts on a nightly basis. But he also understands that recruiting is a process. He is being recruited by a lot of the big 5 conference schools. He is excited to see how far this thing can go."

Mississippi State's coach who is recruiting Watts, Ernie Zeigler, has known about the talented guard for several years.

"Coach Zeigler, who has watched him for a while because he saw him coming into high school when he was coaching at the University of Detroit Mercy, told me that he likes his basketball IQ, his feel for the game, how easy the game comes to him at his age," said Coach Covington. "He also likes his size. And he likes how he can play either guard position."

Coach Covington talked about the caliber of person and player that Watts is.

"Basically, I like him as a person," said Covington. "He is a good person, a good kid to be around.

"Basketball-wise, he is a student of the game. He wants to work and get better. He is also converting over to a true point guard who can score the ball also. He is starting to put on a little weight now because he is in the weight room.

"Offensively, he can score on all three levels. The best part of his offensive game is that he can really fill it up. He can really get to the basket and can shoot the three-ball. During the high school season, he shot 42% from the three-point range. Right now, he is really working on his mid-range game.

"Defensively, he rebounds really well for a guard and he is starting to take pride in playing defense. A lot of schools know that he can score. So right now, he is trying to show them that he can defend the elite guards in the nation."

Keep it on GenesPage.com as we continue to follow the recruitment of this very talented member of the class of 2019.

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