Each and every time Phenom Hoops gets to report or sees a commitment from a player we have seen over the years, it is always a fantastic day.  It is great to see players achieve their goal to play at the next level and it is such a great accomplishment for that player.

Here is the latest commitment.

Player: Josiah Watkins
Class: 2024
Committed to: Mount Olive

What Was Said by Phenom Hoops:

“He’s a long, wiry guard prospect with great IQ and overall understanding of how to run a team on both ends of the floor. Watkins displays terrific balance between playmaking and three-level scoring, and can adapt based on team need. He’s crafty enough to break down opposing guards, touch the paint, and make correct decisions with the ball in his hands. Watkins plays with pace, unselfishness, and does a quality job of getting others involved. Coach Adams on Watkins: “Josiah is an athletic guard who pushes the ball well in transition. He needs to be more vocal on the court. Offered a positive attitude and accepted coaching well throughout the day.” Watkins proved to be a difference-maker during his time at camp, and should be a productive leader this season for Piedmont Classical.”

“After a successful high school season and start to the summer, Watkins has only further solidified himself as a college-worthy prospect. While his abilities certainly span beyond any one performance, it would be difficult to ignore his 43-point scoring outburst at our Memorial Day Classic. He showcased the full offensive arsenal, creating for himself and others, hitting jumpers, attacking the basket, and anything in-between. Watkins also added 7 assists, 6 rebounds, and 6 steals in the showing. It’s difficult to be anything other than impressed with how Watkins competes. Given how he’s produced, various college coaches would be smart to get involved.”

“After a highly impressive summer with New Light Disciples, the lead guard has been equally productive and reliable for the Bobcats. Despite being a new member of a team with various fresh pieces, Watkins has made a seamless transition into being a heady, team-oriented leader who naturally sets the tone on both ends of the floor. He’s a poised ball-handler who looks to consistently set up others, but can also reliably create for himself and apply pressure from all three levels. His ability to score and set up others at a high level easily makes him among the more balanced guards in the state. He also rebounds well and defends the point of attack with intensity. This season, Watkins is averaging 14.6 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 7.6 APG, and 3.2 SPG with 56/33/72 shooting splits while playing one of the more challenging schedules among North Carolina programs. His blend of IQ, size, two-way instincts, and leadership by example should make him a valuable piece wherever he decides to further his playing career.”