"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.