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.
Rutgers target Mitchell Watt has reportedly committed to Buffalo.
Richard Obert of azcentral.com reports that the 6-foot-9 Watt, a senior at Arizona Desert Edge High, picked Buffalo after visiting the school and becoming impressed by its resort management program.
“They can line him up where he can get a degree higher than a Bachelor’s,” Desert Edge coach Joe Babinski told Obert “He can get a Masters and a doctorate’s. They really hit him in the academic part.”
The 6-foot-9 Watt was initially committed to Cornell but chose to de-commit in the wake of interest from Rutgers, Davidson and Pepperdine. He chose Buffalo after visiting the Bills’ hometown last weekend. He was slated to visit Pepperdine the weekend of April 19 and Rutgers the weekend of April 26.
“I really liked the school and the coaching staff and the players a lot,” he said by phone last week. “It was a nice area, Buffalo’s a nice town.”
Watts, also the Student Body President, averaged 13 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks , 4 assists and 2 steals per game while leading his team to a 28-2 record and the state title. He had nine blocks in the state final, his coach, Joe Babinski, said.
RU has two scholarships remaining and is clearly looking for frontcourt help to complement sophomore C Hamady N’diaye and junior forward JR Inman.
On the Providence College coaching search, now that Jim Larranaga has turned down his alma mater, we hear that the school will look to Brown coach Craig Robinson and Ohio U coach Tim O’Shea.
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.