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.
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"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."