Playoff Performance

WVU basketball signee Brandon Watkins is in the midst of basketball playoffs, and also continuing work on his post-up game.

Brandon Watkins knew he would have to improve his post and inside game before coming to West Virginia, and he has done so while helping to lead Grady High School in Atlanta to a state playoff berth. Watkins, who is a good face up shooter with a nice jumper, has been developing other facets of his offensive repertoire.

"I've been working on it hard," the soft-spoken center said. "When I get the ball I will sometimes pivot out and face up, and then read the defense before I make a move. My up and under move is kind of my go-to move right now. Teams know I can shoot, so I can give a ball fake and get them to go for it, then make a move inside."

That's not the only post move the lanky senior is developing, however. He's put in a lot of work on a jump hook shot, which is a nice complement to the up and under. That gives him options to either shoot in place or make a move and push the ball to the rim. While it's still under development, it's the kind of progress that Watkins hopes will give him a leg up when competing for playing time at West Virginia.

Watkins has combined those new weapons with his soft jumpers to score 16 points per game this year. He's averaging a double-double (11 rebounds per outing), and is also blocking in the neighborhood of six shots per contest. Those numbers have helped Grady lock up a spot in the Georgia State Playoffs, and also have them positioned them for a slot in their regional third place game. Grady played in that game on Saturday evening, and will begin playoff action in a couple a weeks.

"We've been playing pretty well, and I think I've been doing good," Watkins said.


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