Mott Community College Coach Steve Schmidt led his team to the second national JUCO title under his watch last season.
Mott, in Flint, MI, went 35-3 to capture the coveted crown after also winning the junior college NC in 2003.
Terrence Watson, a 6-5 forward, was one of the stars and stalwarts of the 2007 title run.
Watson signed with Ole Miss today after a year-long pursuit by the Rebel coaches.
"Ole Miss has been on him a year and thoroughly recruited Terrence," said Schmidt. "I'm not surprised he went there. Andy Kennedy came to see him play a couple of times and Mike White has been tremendous in how he has handled Terrence's recruitment.
"Ole Miss was very patient with him throughout the process. He visited Marshall last weekend, in fact, but in the end he wanted to go to Ole Miss so he signed there today."
Houston, Charlotte, Marshall and "a bunch of Midwest schools" recruited Watson hard. Schmidt knows why.
"Terrence is 6-5, 215 pounds and has a 7-foot wing span," said Schmidt, who has directed Mott the past 16 years. "He is tremendously skilled and athletic. He can run and he can really elevate. He will produce some highlight footage for Ole Miss."
Watson averaged 13.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks a game for Mott, but Schmidt said his stats are "somewhat skewed."
"We played ten guys - we were very deep, and we had six players average in double figures in scoring," Schmidt noted. "Terrence could have scored a lot more. He's very skilled offensively. He can shoot all the way out to 20 feet, he's gifted going to the basket and is a strong finisher who can operate in traffic.
"Terrence is also an excellent passer, a real team guy. If anything, he's unselfish to a fault."
Watson, from Detroit, MI, is also a tough player, as is reflected in Schmidt's praise for his defensive prowess.
"I have had some really good players here - guys who have signed in the ACC and Big 10, but none of them are as good defensively as Terrence. He's the best I have had on that end of the floor. He's tough and resilient," Schmidt continued. "Because he is so athletic and because of that wing span and because he takes pride in his defense, he can guard any position on the floor.
"There aren't many players I have come across who can impact a game on the defensive end of the floor. Terrence can, and does."
Schmidt feels Watson will be a tremendous asset to the Ole Miss program.
"He's got it all. He will impact Ole Miss basketball, no doubt in my mind," he closed. "I haven't found anything he can't do. He's as athletic as any kid I have had come through here and I know Coach Kennedy is looking for athletes. He got one in Terrence."
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