Just a rising junior, Watson's name is likely to keep rising. The four-star prospect has received interest from all over the Big Ten. He surely benefits from playing with the heralded Illinois Wolves program.
"It brings a lot of exposure," Watson said. "There are a lot of coaches at our games. They can see all of our guys play."
When Watson's squad took the court on Thursday night at the NY2LA Summer Jam event, there were college coaches from many high-major schools watching. He couldn't help but to notice.
"I like it, but it's a lot of pressure, too," said Watson. "You've got to play to your potential, play to the hype."
"It feels pretty good to have that; to see that they notice me first and see that I'm a good player," said Watson.
While Watson's recruitment continues to pick up, he still wants to learn more about Purdue. He'll do so on an August visit to West Lafayette.
"It's a good school," Watson said when asked about Purdue. "They're bouncing back from a bad year and trying to get good players to their school to make their school better. I like their coaching staff. It's a good school."
If Watson can keep improving his game, Purdue won't be his only offer anymore.