Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
According to a story on ArizonaPreps.com, Rutgers has offered a scholarship to Mitchell Watt, a 6-foot-9 senior forward from Arizona Desert Edge High who averaged 13 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks , 4 assists and 2 steals per game while leading his team to a 28-2 record.
A 1st Team All-Region and First Team All-State selection by Arizona Hoop Scoop Magazine, Watt initially committed to Cornell but re-opened to play at a higher level.
Watt is being recruited by assistant coach Craig Carter, and a potential to visit campus is in the works.
“Rutgers would be a good home at the next level for me,” Watt was quoted as saying. “The Big East is real and the education and network possibilities are endless. It would be nice to play there.”
Rutgers has a three-man class coming in for next year, highlighted by McDonald’s All-American Mike Rosario of St. Anthony; 6-6 wing Pat Jackson of Brooklyn Boys & Girls; and 6-8 big Christian Morris of South Kent (Conn.).
If Watt commits, he would be the fourth member of that class.
Rutgers also made noise this week by securing commitments from 6-8 St. Benedict’s junior Greg Echenique and 6-7 Blair forward Austin Johnson.
Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.