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Michigan guard Watts breaks down Wolverines, Spartans

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – After debuting within the Rivals 2019 rankings last month, Rocket Watts solidified his standing as a top-100 prospect last weekend at the Spiece Run-n-Slam. Watts has had a solid spring as he has added a handful of scholarship offers from some of the better programs nationally.

“My latest offers are from Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Marquette, Alabama, Oakland and Detroit,” Watts said. “All of them are showing a lot of attention. I haven’t gone on any visits but I will probably do that once the AAU season is over.”

Watts makes good plays off of the ball screen, can convert from each level and has quality athleticism and toughness at the basket. He is one of the top scoring options from the 2019 class in the Midwest region.

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IN HIS OWN WORDS

Michigan State: “It is real big getting that offer. Coach (Tom) Izzo offered me after having a really good weekend last week. It is real big.”

Michigan: “I have a lot of respect for Michigan. Derrick Walton, when I was young, I grew up watching him and Trey Burke. If I were to get an offer from them, it would be real big and a blessing.”

WHAT'S NEXT

Watts will finish out his junior summer on the Nike circuit playing with The Family 16-under squad.

On the recruiting front, do not expect any sort of college decision in the near future. Watts will continue to wait and see who might jump in with an offer. He does hope to get down to a few schools for unofficial visits.

“I am trying to go to Georgia Tech, Alabama and really all of them to see what the programs are like and to get to know the coaching staffs,” he said.

RIVALS' REACTION

Very rarely does a program such as Michigan State get involved with an in-state prospect early on in the process and not remain active in its pursuit until the very end. With that in mind, look for MSU to be one of the leaders for the four-star guard the rest of the way, even as many others jump in the recruitment of the talented 2019 scorer.