Before rising senior Nate Watson put on a Bishop O’Connell uniform, there was already signs of big time potential. But as the 2015-16 basketball season moved along, the three-star big man started to get better and colleges took note of it.
As of right now, Nate has offers from Maryland, Xavier, Georgetown, Providence, Georgia Tech, USC, West Virginia and St. Joseph’s. Recently he picked up a scholarship offer from Wake Forest.
Watson had a solid first season with Bishop O’Connell, leading the team in scoring and rebounds. Nate averaged 13 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He recorded 11 double-doubles and collected 16 or more rebounds in a span of three games. Arguably his best game came against Gonzaga on Feb. 3 when he tallied 25 points and 17 rebounds. At the end of the season he was named WCAC First Team All-Conference.
Watson is now playing for DC Premier 17U team in the AAU circuit. DC Premier is coming off a weekend where they played at the Under Armour Association in New York. In the four games they played in, Nate averaged 13.8 and 6.5 rebounds per game. When Premier faced Houston Defenders on April 15, Watson tallied 26 points and 11 rebounds.
One thing to take note off is that Georgetown is heavily recruiting within the WCAC. Notable WCAC players that has offers from the Hoyas are DJ Harvey, Chris Lykes, and Prentiss Hubb. Lykes had a solid weekend playing for Team Takeover at the Nike EYBL, averaging 16.3 points in three games. Chris did cut his list of schools down but he recently picked up an offer from Tony Bennett and the University of Virginia. Prentiss Hubb averaged 15 points and six assists for Premier.
Nate’s DC Premier teammate Naji Marshall also is getting look by some Division I schools. The Maryland’s ‘Mr Basketball’ holds offers from Florida State, Xavier, Virginia Tech, VCU, Towson, Temple, Rutgers, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Manhattan. The junior shooting guard averaged 16.6 points per game during the basketball season and averaged 14 points per game at the Under Armour Association.