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.
Brandon Watkins, a 6-foot-10 2013 power forward from Decatur (Ga.) Grady, has verbally committed to West Virginia.
“A lot of people were telling me it was too early, but I didn’t want to wait any longer,” Watkins told MetroNewsRecruiting. “I just wanted to get it over with because I knew I was going to be here at the end.”
Watkins is the nephew of former West Virginia standout Warren Baker, who will be inducted this weekend into the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.
“It was the family ties and also the coaching staff and the atmosphere out here and the fans. I just want to be surrounded by that,” Watkins told MetroNews. “[There were places] I liked, but nothing could compare to West Virginia so I just wanted to stick here.”
A second-team All-Metro Atlanta and Class AAA All-State selection, Watkins joins Nate Adrian, a 6-8 power forward, in the Mounties’ 2013 class.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, 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.