Kashif Watson Plays Waiting Game

Kashif Watson's stock is on the rise but will it be enough to raise Tennessee's interest in the 6-foot-2 Las Vegas point guard?

The Vols are among a long list of schools recruiting Watson although they have yet to extend an offer. However Tennessee remains a viable contender for the guard based on the opportunity it offers to play college basketball with his brother C.J., who he'd like to follow as the Vols playmaker.

The Bishop Gorman High School star is up to No. 6 among point guards in the west region according to the latest Insider's hoop rankings. He isn't considered the advanced prospect his brother was when he graduated from Bishop Gorman in 2002, but he is very athletic, unselfish and an excellent on-ball defender with strong upside.

San Diego State has come through with an offer for Watson, who showed very well at a tournament played there last spring. He has also been offered by Minnesota of the Big Ten as well as several mid-majors. Arizona State, Iowa State, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Pacific, San Diego, Texas Tech, USC, Utah and Washington are other schools that maintain contact with Watson in advance of November's early signing period.

As some of the higher ranked names start to disappear from scouting boards, Watson is sure to receive more scholarship offers. He's fully qualified and could develop into a combo guard at the next level with refinement of his shooting skills.

Tennessee is hosting South Carolina point guard Devan Downey late this month (Aug. 27-29). He is also taking official visits to Maryland, Arkansas, Cincinnati and Miami and plans to sign in November. Downey, who averaged 27 points, six assists and five rebounds per game last season at Chester High School, is rated the nation's No. 7 point guard prospect and No. 38 prospect overall. His decision could potentially impact Watson's status with Tennessee.

Watson currently has Tennessee as a favorite along with San Diego State.


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