Watson emerging in ’16

14 Feb
Ibi Watson

Ibi Watson

Most basketball fans recognize Athens, Ohio, as a destination for high school stars that have graduated and are ready to move on to the college level at Ohio University.

Rarely do you a high school player emerge out of the small college-town as one of the Buckeye State’s top prospects. However, class of 2016 wing Ibi Watson has become the next player to break that mold.

A 6-foot-4 small forward who is now equipped with the skill-set to effectively play the shooting guard position as well, Watson looks every bit the part of one of the top wing prospects in Ohio in a class of 2016 group that is loaded with mid- and high-major talent.

After first making a name for himself at the 15u AAU level (rising sophomores) last season on the circuit with Team Work, Watson has continued that exceptional level of play during the winter with Athens, one of the surprise teams of the high school season.

Topping the 20-point mark in most of his games this season with Athens HS, Watson has become one of the state’s more polished scorers. Capable of shooting the open three-pointer, but showing very good ability as a smooth slasher to the rim, the sophomore is a threat to score off the dribble every time he catches the ball.

Also a good athlete with the length and agility to disrupt opposing wings, Watson will be counted on to produce on both ends for Athens as they try and make a deep tournament run.

In a conversation this week with Triple Double Prospects, Watson mentioned Dayton, Ohio University, Akron, Michigan, Western Carolina and Wright State as schools that have been in contact with him so far. While the sophomore has yet to receive a Division I scholarship offer, that likely will change by the end of his 16u AAU season this summer.

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