We've finally reached the time of the year when seniors are getting eager to decide where they ultimately want to further their athletic and academic career. The majority of programs have been heavily pursuing prospects for months (and even years in some cases) and this is where it all comes to fruition. On Wednesday, Quay Watson announced his commitment to UNCP and immediately captured the attention of all folks within the grassroots scene. Not only is it an ideal fit for a player like him, but securing an early commitment from a noteworthy piece is a huge win for Braves. For those who don't know Watson, let's take a closer look at his production over these last few seasons'
Sophomore (2021-22): 18.5 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 4.9 APG, 2.5 SPG with 54/42/81 shooting splits
Junior (2022-23): 23.7 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 4.9 APG, 2.5 SPG with 56/47/84 shooting splits
Those numbers don't even fully encompass everything Watson has done as the clear, undisputed leader of Hopewell since arriving at the school. Although he's currently on pace to break the school's career points record over the coming months, Watson is far more than just a scorer. Whether playing an important role with Team United or facing nightly double-teams for Hopewell, the floor general simply delivers. He's quietly among the better playmakers in the state, which is often overshadowed by how much offensive burden he's forced to carry. That being said, folks would be hard-pressed to find a more poised, polished three-level scorer with his blend of volume and efficiency. Watson's toughness and intelligence are visible on both ends of the floor. Add in the fact that he's a sub six-foot guard, and his production and long list of accolades becomes even more impressive.
Furthermore, Watson is an excellent on-ball defender with sharp anticipation and the ability to consistently force turnovers at the point of attack. He intercepts passing lanes well and utilizes his blend of strength and quickness to mirror opposing ball-handlers. Watson also possesses a fantastic nose for the ball, as evidenced by his rebounding prowess and natural instinct for nabbing extra possessions. It's interesting to see how Watson is seen by the masses, as he truly is an all-around guard who can do everything on the court. His steady demeanor, consistent production, winning mentality, and long list of intangibles should make him a seamless addition for UNCP.