A former four-year member of the NC State men's basketball team, Watkins spent seven seasons on the Wolfpack staff. He was named the assistant director of basketball operations prior to the 2011-12 season.
Watkins held several positions on the Wolfpack staff since exhausting his eligibility in 2005 including: director of basketball operations, assistant director of basketball operations, and video coordinator.
Watkins played for NC State from 2002-05. He appeared in 97 career games, and hit 82 career three-pointers. Watkins helped the Pack to four consecutive NCAA tournaments; making NC State one of 21 teams in the country to do so at the time. NC State progressed to at least the second round in three of his four years, including the Sweet Sixteen in his senior year.
Buffalo recently hired ex-Duke point guard Bobby Hurley as head coach.