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BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR ISAIAH WATKINS ON SPRING AAU TRAIL
This weekend starting Friday evening colleg coaches will hit the road for AAU events across the country. Stops in Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and areas far and wide will be popular destinations for Division 1-A head coaches and assistants as they are allowed to evaluate talent for the first time in the busy April AAU schedule in a few years. While the intensity of the action is likely to be ratcheted up a few nothches, CIA Bounce big man Isaiah Watkins is taking it all in stride.
The 6-foot-8 Watkins attends St. Benedict’sPrep in Newark (NJ) and performing in front of college coaches is a regular event for him and his Gray Bees teammates. It was one of the reasons why he chose to attend a school like St. Ben’s and play with a powerful AAU program like the Canadian CIA Bounce program, which participates in Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL).
Yet, Watkins is looking forward to showcasing his improvement as a player, but also has goals for himself to continue to impove against the top flight competition he will be facing.
“I’ve played in front of a lot of coaches. It’s exciting but it’s business,” Watkins said of the coaches being on the AAU circuit this month. “I want to get better and go against the best. Its about improving and building good habits.”
As for what Watkins wants to show the coaches in the next two weekends that come check out his game?
“I’m just hoping coaches know and see my dedication to the game and my will to win,” he said. “I want to win and be great above all else.”
You can be certain there will be plenty of college coaches making their way to get a look at Watkins. Not only does he play on one of the top AAU programs in North America, but he already has garnered plenty of recruiting interest and offers.
“I have Offers from Indiana, Villanova, Missouri, Baylor, Texas A&M, Cincinnati, Boston College, Virginia, Miami, Temple, St. Joe’s, Charlotte, Rhode island, Providence, St. Bonaventure, Elon, Santa Clara, Boise St., New Mexico State, Iowa State, Rice, Princeton, Harvard, UPenn, Wagner, Cornell, Niagara, SMU, Hofstra, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Stanford, Oregon State, Bucknell, Lafayette, Arkansas, to name most,” said Watkins.
Watkins has long been lauded as a player that will come to work every day in practice and in every game. He never takes possessions off and is not worried about individual statistics, but rathr team accomplishments. He understands college coaches understand winning plays and contributions and Watkins plays to the attitude that winning will take care of everything.
With an extensive offer list already, the Class of 2013 prospect is not ready to narrow down the recruiting process in any way. He is staying open and will use this spring period, and beyond, to see who is truly interested in landing his talents to their Class of 2013 recruiting class.
“I’m still staying open because it’s my junior year and I want to see who is interested in me,” he said.
While his attention is fully focused on getting off to a good start in the EYBL beginning this weekend, the recruitment of Isaiah Watkins is certain to be on the minds of college coaches, scouts and fans in the near future. NBE will be certain to catch-up with Watkins and his CIA Bounce teammates on the second leg of the EYBL in Hampton (VA). Stay tuned right here for more coverage on the AAU circuit this spring as things will get up to full steam this weekend.