Another Watkins arrives in Columbia

Former Texas A&M guard Marcus Watkins will join the Missouri basketball squad this season. Marcus, the son of associate head coach Melvin Watkins, averaged 2.4 points with the Aggies last season.

Another day, another Watkins.

Junior SG Marcus Watkins, who spent the past two seasons playing for his father, Melvin, at Texas A&M, will join with the Tigers as a reserve guard this season. Melvin Watkins was hired as Missouri's associate head coach on June 21.

"Marcus will fit in well with our team and the culture we have established here at Mizzou," coach Quin Snyder said in a release. "He is a very athletic, well-rounded player and is also a quality student. We are excited to have him join our family."

Watkins is a 6-foot-4 athlete with quickness beneath the basket. He averaged 2.4 points and 1.9 rebounds in 10.2 minutes per game last season. He also chipped in 20 assists, to 12 turnovers. He scored a career-high 13 points against Alabama A&M and reached double figures twice on the season.

Watkins averaged 2.6 points and 1 rebound in 8.9 minutes per game his freshman season after becoming a prep standout at A&M Consolidated, where he averaged 31.1 points and 8.3 rebounds his senior season.

As of now, Watkins trails senior Jason Conley, junior Jimmy McKinney and sophomore Thomas Gardner for playing time at the off-guard position.

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