But the smooth 6-7 wing player turned out not to be, and thus he's returned to the Arkansas City, Kan., junior college for his sophomore campaign.
Watts is the Tigers' top returning scorer and rebounder as he averaged 11.2 points and 4.7 rebounds as a freshman.
According to Cowley County Head Coach Brian Jackson, Watts' recruitment this fall has been akin to his game: all over the map.
"The problem with Marcus is, and you saw it today, is that he's so up and down -- he doesn't produce every night," Jackson said. "There are nights that he dominates, but you can't be up and down like that at a high level or else you'll get exposed."
A native of Clinton, S.C., Watts was a non factor during the first half of Cowley's 62-50 loss to Hutchinson (KS) C.C. He responded with more inspired play in the second half, coming down and nailing a trio of three-pointers on consecutive possessions to try and help the Tigers rally against the Blue Dragons.
Watts, whose best described as a jack of all trades and master of none, finished with 18 points (on six of 15 shooting, three of 10 beyond the arc) and six rebounds. He was only one of two Cowley players to hit for double figures in what would be best described as a lethargic offensive display by the Tigers.
"Right now, he's a good, solid mid-major player," Jackson opined. "He must develop more mental toughness and compete on every possession."