While we were all glued to our TVs watching MSU football, some big basketball news came out. According to his Instagram, four-star combo guard Mark “Rocket” Watts Jr. has committed to the Michigan State Spartans basketball program!
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The next step is all about development- as a player as student as a teammate and as a person. That’s why I’ve decided to play college basketball For coach Tom Izzo at Michigan State University The Opportunity to work & play for a elite staff that wants to see me succeed an compete for Championships. The Chance to put myself in the best possible position at the NBA Draft Someday. I trust Michigan State with my future. I want to thank all of the coaches that spent time recruiting me there’s a ton of great schools and basketball programs nationally.But for me, there is nothing like Michigan State . I Can’t wait to get to Michigan State and get to work. Spartan Nation Let’s Hang A Banner Up #1k
Watts is the first 2019 recruit to commit to Tom Izzo’s program. He is a Michigan native, who originally played for Old Redford Academy in Detroit. This season, he made the move to Geneva, Ohio and will suit up for SPIRE Academy.
Watts is amongst the top basketball prospects in the nation. He has an absurd 247Sports Composite score of .9876, which ranks him No. 32 overall in the country. He also ranks as the No. 5 combo guard in the U.S. and the No. 1 player in the state of Ohio.
Rivals also ranks Watts highly, as he checks in as No. 40 nationally and No. 7 at his position.
During his junior season at Old Redford Academy, Watts averaged 28.6 points, six assists and 5.5 rebounds per game. He is listed as 6-feet-1.5-inches tall, and 174 pounds.
Watts had additional offers from several other schools. Notable programs include Florida State, Michigan, Louisville, Oregon, Xavier, Alabama, Illinois, LSU, USC and more.
This is a big-time get for the MSU basketball program, and a great way to kick off the 2019 recruiting class.
Check out Watts’ highlights from the EYBL Dallas Session: