A trio of schools are shaping up to be the team to beat for Quinton Watkins, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound shooting guard from Compton (Calif.) Dominguez High School.
The No. 45 ranked player in the class of 2007 averaged just a shade under 14 points at the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. While in the Sunshine State, Watkins showed off a keen sense of scoring from the wing and an improved mid-range game.
As one of the top scorers on the West Coast, it's not surprising to see the Pac-10 schools watching him closely. Watkins said UCLA, USC and Oklahoma State are the schools that are recruiting him the hardest at the moment and that's just fine with him.
"USC was the first to really come after me," Watkins said. "UCLA, I'm from California. You have to like UCLA. And with Oklahoma State, I just like the way the play. They are well coached and have good guards."
With juniors making decisions at a nearly a daily clip, Watkins said he's not going to join the majority and pick a school early.
"It's not a real big thing to me to commit early because I want to go through the recruiting process," Watkins said. "I want to explore everything."
Watkins is a solid scorer and playing alongside future Cal Bear Patrick Christopher and dynamic sophomore guard Brandon Jennings, the four-star prospect is finding ways to improve his overall game. The most notable improvement was his mid-range pull-up jumper.
"I've been trying to work on that a lot," Watkins said. "A few coaches have told me to work on my mid range game because I'm not always going to be able to get to the bucket like I can in high school because of the big guys."