A four star center who competed with D.C. Premiere this spring and summer, Nate Watson demonstrated throughout the travel season his skillful post footwork and understanding of the game.
Watson would be the first to tell you that he didn't post the scoring numbers he would have liked, but he also understands the nature of summer basketball.
"Camps are about guard play and really AAU, too," Watson said, "but I really prefer to run offense and share the ball. I play at Bishop O'Connell for Joe Wootten during the high school season and we run offense like crazy."
Watson's preference for structure makes sense. The big man excels when he has space to operate one-on-one against a defender inside, but he doesn't possess the explosive leaping ability or ideal center size to overpower opponents in traffic. Thus, court spacing and an offense with cohesiveness enable him to shine.
Still, he's attempting to shore up any perceived shortcomings as his senior year approaches.
"I've been working on my jumping so I can get rebounds out of my area, and also my jump shot and facing up skills," Watson said.
On the recruiting front, he recently cut his list to North Carolina, Maryland, Providence, Miami, N.C. State, Kansas and Wake Forest.
The Tar Heels' presence on that list stands out due to the fact that they're the one school that has yet to offer. But Watson explained that fact to IC's Sherrell McMillan:
"I hope they offer me, they're really recruiting me. Everyone on the list has offered, so I just put them up there because I think they might offer."
In addition to including the Heels among his list of seven, Watson also has planned a visit for August 22. Whether that visit is an official or an unofficial remains to be seen — Watson said it will be an official, while Premiere coaches said unofficial — but regardless, he'll be touring campus and meeting with the coaching staff.
His primary conduit has been Hubert Davis.
"They just call me every day and Coach Hubert calls my mom all the time and has good conversations," Watson said. "They just say I'm a good player and they see me having a bright future."
He has not yet spoken to Roy Williams, but Watson said that the Tar Heels' head coach had called him and that he simply missed it.
"I've missed his call, I would have talked to him," he said with a laugh. "He came to my game this week, they've been to several of my games."
Very shortly, the two sides will connect and determine where the recruitment goes from here.