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Sunday / June 16.
  • LSU checking in on Trendon Watford ahead of Alabama official

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Trendon Watford has a big recruiting weekend ahead of him.

    LSU head coach Will Wade and assistant Billy Armstrong will attend Mountain Brook’s game with John Carroll High School on Friday night. On Saturday, Watford will begin an official visit to Alabama and will watch the Tide face Kentucky in SEC action.

    “It should be exciting to visit with both schools,”said Ernest Watford, Trendon’s father.

    The 6-foot-9 has trimmed his list to four schools — Alabama, Indiana, LSU and Memphis. He has already taken officials to LSU and Memphis.

    “When I took my official [to LSU] I really enjoyed it and that’s what made me open my eyes even bigger,” he told Tipton’s Edits during an Instagram live on Thursday.

    He added that he has a “strong” relationship with LSU’s Armstrong.

    As for Alabama, that is the home-state school and has an obvious appeal of staying home.

    “It’s the hometown [team] and they’ve been recruiting me ever since I was in eighth grade,” Watford said of Alabama at the City of Palms Classic. “I got a strong relationship with Coach Avery Johnson.”

    Of potentially staying in Alabama, he added, “Obviously, I’m going to make the decision that’s best for me. With that being said, if it is Alabama, if it’s not, I’m going to make the best decision for me.”

    He may visit Indiana Feb. 26 for the Wisconsin game. His older brother Christian starred there.

    Watford remains in constant contact with Indiana target Keion Brooks and IU commit Trayce Jackson-Davis.

    “I just got down from South Dakota with Keion Brooks and we talked about it a little bit,” he told Tipton’s Edits.

    Memphis assistant Mike Miller watched Watford at the Hoop City Classic in South Dakota. The Tigers have also put together a strong recruiting class headlined by No. 1 prospect James Wiseman, and wing D.J. Jeffries.

    “I have a strong relationship with coach Mike Miller,” he said at City of Palms. “It’s a new coaching staff over there with Coach [Penny] Hardaway and Coach Miller and Sam Mitchell. I like what they’re doing over there and obviously they got a top recruit in James Wiseman, who I played with this summer. He probably just texted me right now. He texts me every day, telling me he needs me.”

    How good could they all be together at Memphis?

    “I feel we’d be pretty good,” Watford said. “He’s a helluva player, so just us playing together. His versatility, my versatility, I feel like we’d be pretty good.”

    Watford is targeting a decision in February or March.

    Photo: Tipton’s Edits

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    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.