Watson’s summer showing pays off
Back in July, new Ohio State basketball head coach Chris Holtmann received his first commitment for next year’s cycle when the Buckeyes got word that ‘18 SG Torrence Watson of Whitfield School (MO) announced his pledge to the program.
Watson, who is currently graded as a high three-star prospect, is a 6'5, 175-pounder who offers multiple ways to put the ball in the hoop. The Saint Louis native is the fourth-highest-graded player in the Show Me State. Furthermore, Watson also is slotted as the 121st-overall player in his class and a top 25 shooting guard.
About two weeks after his commitment to the Scarlet and Gray, Land-Grant Holy Land’s Kyle McKinnon caught up with Watson. “I can score the ball, whether that means getting to the basket, pulling up for a jump shot, or shooting from long range. I bring versatility and am able to score on all three levels,” Watson said. One publication saw that on display at the Adidas Summer Championships event.
After a big July on the hardwood, EndlessMotor.net boosted Watson nearly 40 spots in their own Top 200 rankings and now the Buckeye commit falls just outside of their Top 80. Here’s their blurb on Watson’s elevation in their rankings:
After an underwhelming Spring on the circuit, the Buckeye commit got back on track in July. Currently ranked #82, the wing rose 39 spots after averaging 18.3 ppg on 38.7% from 3 (6 attempts per game) at the Adidas Summer Championships. The Ramey Jets United wing has the strength to attack the rim in a straight line and convert. In transition, Watson gets out and fills the wing for high percentage shots. His ability on the perimeter and at the rim makes him a potent scorer.
That is certainly good news for both Watson and the Ohio State staff, who will surely be ecstatic with any improvements made by the Missouri standout. We will see if Watson’s optimistic summer can carry into his senior season as a Warrior.
Snead listed amongst the best in Tampa
Watson wasn’t the only future Buckeye to get recognized for what they bring to their respective sport. 2018 RB Brian Snead of Armwood (FL), a four-star prospect who actually committed to Ohio State a little over a year ago, received praise for a local media outlet.
Spectrum Sports Florida began revealing a Top 20 list that featured Tampa Bay prospects. Snead, a 5'11, 200-pounder, found himself at the No. 2 spot on the list.
Our #2 ranked player in Tampa Bay hails from the @Armwood_Hawks, RB @snead655! #SpectrumSportsTop20 pic.twitter.com/jSRACMxuYW— Spectrum Sports FL (@SpecSportsFL) August 16, 2017
Snead would edge out prospects like safety Amari Burney (Florida commit), offensive tackle Richard Gouraige, and cornerback Ken Montgomery Jr. (UCLA commit) on the list. The three all claimed offers from the Buckeyes.
Not to be forgotten, Snead is also viewed highly in the 247Sports composite rankings. The scale has the Seffner native as the 82nd-best player in this year’s class. He is also penciled in as the best running back in the country and the 16th-highest-graded player in the Sunshine State.