Shooters are at a premium in today's game of basketball and one of the state's top marksmen is 2015 J.L. Mann shooting guard Zach Watson. The 6'4 165 pound prospect can flat out stroke it from deep and we caught up with Watson to talk about his recruitment as of late.
A few weeks ago Zach Watson and his Upwards Stars Upstate team played extremely well at the Grassroots Tip-Off Classic Event in Charlotte at Queens College.
"I believe I played very well. My game is my outside shooting and every game I went in wanting to show that. I hit 7 3's in a game, 6 3's in another, and hit 5 3's twice in other games. I did my job for my team to get the win I feel."
Watching Watson shoot the ball is a thing of beauty and we asked the 2015 prospect if he had to compare his game to one particular player who would he say his game was most similar to.
" Kyle Korver. Going into every game teams know exactly what he wants to do but he is always able to find a way to get open and knock down shots. Every game I go into teams know that I'm the shooter and I am still able to find my spots and knock down my shots."
Looking ahead to next season and getting better in order to land some scholarships Watson talked about what aspects of his game he's working hard to improve on.
"Being able to put the ball on the floor. With teams knowing I am a good shooter I have to be able to make moves with the ball to get myself open. Also my defense. I am working on my overall athletic ability as well in order to help my team with rebounding and defense."
Last season for J.L. Mann averaged 18 points and 4 rebounds per game while shooting 46% from 3-point range. Watson broke his hand and was ineligible for awards because he didn't play in enough region games but he did come away with the team's sportsmanship award for his attitude in practice and in games while he was out with the injury.
He was also named his team's offensive player of the year as well.
There was one particular game last year that stood out to Watson as one of his most memorable and he talked in depth about that matchup.
"My favorite game was our rivalry game against Greenville High. I believe I had 18 points and 9 rebounds. We ended up losing it in overtime but the atmosphere of the game was great! I hit big shots in the final minutes of regulation and in overtime that ignited the crowd and that was one of those feelings you always remember.
"I remember looking into the crowd and seeing a fan tell me, "we need you" after I had missed a couple shots. That next possession I believe I tied it with a big three pointer and the crowd went crazy!"
His work and skills on the court haven't gone unnoticed either as schools from all over are taking a look at the talented shooter.
"I'm hearing from Columbia University, Furman, Wofford, Emory Oxford, Wingate, and Newberry. Out of those schools I would say probably Columbia and Furman are recruiting me the hardest right now."
The 2015 prospect also knows what he'll be looking at closely in a potential college when it comes time to make a decision. He outlined it all for us.
"I want to play for a basketball school. Somewhere that has a good playing environment as well as a system that I could fit into with my game. I want to go somewhere with a good education program however I am still undecided on my major yet. Lastly I want to go somewhere where the coach would believe in my abilities and use me to help the team win games."
Watson continues to shoot the ball at a high percentage from behind the three-point arc and teams looking for players to fill that shooting void will undoubtedly take a long look at him. We'll keep you updated with the very latest regarding his recruitment.