2019 - G - Mark "Rocket" Watts (Offer)


#101

Like 50% of my college choice was hating Michigan’s weather. I think this discussion (i.e. trying to prove why Michigan is the best choice for Watts) is inherently impossible as we don’t know what a recruit values and what path he wishes to take to achieve that.

This is especially true when probably about 90% of coaches will blatantly lie about stuff to get a kid.


#102

Dude is unbelievable


#103

Absolutely - and you probably want those guys to believe they can be the exceptions. You also hope they listen to some well-considered opinions on ways to best give themselves the opportunity to make it, as well as go to a place that fits theirs needs and criteria whatever they might be.


#104

Recruiting includes different approaches by different coaches, and certain approaches will resonate with certain players and not others. Anyone who says that recruiting is all this or all that for all players is oversimplifying things.


#105

I fully understand how the decisions get made, it’s just my opinion that if the ultimate goal is to play in the NBA, some of these kids (and their parents and handlers) are focused on the wrong factors.

I applaud a kid like Jalen Wilson, who despite living in close proximity to Baylor, chose to play for Michigan even though it could take 2-3 years for him to carve out a starting role with guys like Iggy and Johns potentially blocking his path early on.

If you haven’t noticed, Baylor in particular annoys me because for the past 15 years, they represent everything that’s wrong with college athletics - recruiting violations, improper payments, sexual assaults, scumbag coaches - you name it, they’ve done it.


#106

Watts, who released a top eight following the first week of evaluations earlier in the month, said that lost might have been a bit hasty at the time. He listed Louisville, Michigan State, Michigan, Xavier, Connecticut, Florida State, Oregon and Missouri on Twitter only to later take down the post, noting that at least one of those schools might not be actively recruiting him.

On Thursday at the AAU Super Showcase, Watts said he was “still open” but would sit down with his family and coaches in the next week or two and schedule his five official visits.

“I wanted to do it,” Watts said about narrowing his list. “But I think there was some schools on my top eight that were not considering me anymore, so I had to fall back a little bit.


#107

Think he is talking about Michigan here?


#108

He already took the post down not 5 minutes after posting but here is what he put before deleting his Instagram post.


#109

I count nine. :grinning:

I assumed once we took Bajema, that would be it for Watts as far as UM is concerned.


#110

He reposted it with the correct number on the edit. His caption under the pic said 9


#111

He dropped a Top 9 just to tell everyone he no longer has a committable offer to Michigan? Very strange, lol


#112

he had a top 8, now top 9?


#113

From 26 days ago, minus Michigan and Xavier, plus USC, Marquette, and Minnesota.