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.
Trendon Watford has ‘amazing’ home visit with Indiana, more visits coming
By ADAM ZAGORIATrendon Watford, the 6-foot-8 forward from Mountain Brook (AL), had what his father called an “amazing” home visit Saturday with Indiana’s Archie Miller.
That followed a visit last week with Alabama’s Avery Johnson.
Miller told Trendon and his father Ernest that Indiana was “all in” and going “full tilt” for Watford, one of 21 players invited to the Next Generation Sunday program at the Final Four run by USA Basketball, the NCAA and the NBA.
“He really displayed (via game film) to us the hardworking culture and daily accountability that’s going on at IU,” Ernest Watford said. “More importantly, he explained how his system plays to the strengths of player like Trendon with tons of floor spacing- just flowing and playing with freedom, therefore allowing Trendon to utilize his full array of versatility within the framework of the offense.
“He spoke about the solid guys who are returning, and his upcoming 2018 signees. He thinks he’s real close on Romeo Langford, who we feel like will be game-changer (early) for Archie and the program. Obviously, he doesn’t have to sell us on all the other positive things about IU, because we’re aware of the passion of Hoosier Nation, etc. Nevertheless, we felt good about the in-home visit yesterday, and Archie’s ability to articulate the direction of the program and his team.”
The 6-6 Langford said Saturday he plans to decide within the next couple of weeks between Indiana, Kansas and Vanderbilt.
Meantime, Watford will have additional home visits with LSU, Houston and Memphis from Monday-Wednesday next week.
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.
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