Height/Weight: 6-foot / 165-pounds
High school: St. Joseph high school (Ill.)
Year: True Freshman
Scout.com on Watson out of HS:
Nebraska needs a floor general to run the show, and that is exactly what Watson is. Watson is a good athlete, a solid scorer, and a very good decision maker. He has a pedigree of winning both at the high school and AAU levels, and just is the type of player that coaches love to have leading their team.
That skillset combined with the opportunity based on roster, and it is easy to see where Watson is going to be one of the more impactful freshman point guards in the country.
Nebraska is looking to have a bounce back season after a disappointing 2014-15 campaign. For them to be able to do that, Watson is going to have to step up and play like an upperclassman and not a freshman. While that is never easy to do, it wouldn’t be surprising if Watson is able to pull that off.
2015-16 preview: Expected to not play like a freshman day one, Watson averaged 4.8 points and 3.0 assists per game during the Huskers trip to Spain over the summer. The Illinois native hopes the experience helped him get ready for play at the college level.
“I feel I can really help this team. Whether it’s being a leader on the court of getting guys open shots,” said Watson.
A consensus top 100 recruit, Watson was the nation’s No. 82 player on Scout.com coming out of high school – one of the highest ranked players the Huskers have ever signed coming out of high school. With that comes pressure and expectations.
“To be honest, I don’t really think about it. I’m just trying to come in and play my game. I haven’t thought about it since I have been here,” said Watson. “I don’t look at that type of stuff. I just try to play hard and make my teammates better. I know people look at that stuff and it can affect some, but not me.”
Watson describes himself as someone who likes to get in the open floor and can score if he has to.
“I don’t know, you just have watch, I do a lot of different things,” said Watson. “Defensive wise I’m pretty quick and getting better. It’s different level of defense.”
How he ended up in Lincoln: As a senior, Watson helped lead the St. Jospeh Chargers to a 29-6 record in 2014-15 and a Class 3A state title. He averaged 23.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in the state tournament. Watson averaged 15.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game during his senior season, joining Northwestern signee Jordan Ash in a backcourt which was one of the best in the state of Illinois in 2014-15.