Team Philly's Watson ready for July

Maurice Watson

Year in and year out, the city of Philadelphia produces high-level basketball talent, especially in the backcourt. One player from the City of Brotherly Love poised for a big July is Team Philly point guard Maurice Watson.

Maurice Watson, a rising senior, has a jam-packed July where he hopes to turn heads, and more importantly, be the engine that runs Team Philly.

During the July Live period, Watson and his Team Philly teammates will be traveling nearly coast to coast, competing in the Adidas Take 5 Classic, the Desert Duel, the Las Vegas Fab 48, and several Hoop Group camps. During these events, Watson has specific goals. "I want to set an example with my defense," he explained, "and force my man to do what I want him to do, not what he wants to do."

Over the spring, Watson watched extensive game tape of NBA point guards like Chris Paul working the pick and roll. Although he only checks in at 5'10, Maurice is relentless in attacking the rim, embodying the spirit of his city. Something that Maurice really worked on this spring was extending the range on his jumper. He also commented that he hoped to cut down on his turnovers this month, knowing the value of each possession and the responsibility that comes with playing the point. With that improved long-range jumper, an already impressive mid-range game, and speed to spare, Maurice is looking to catch the attention of college coaches this July.

Team Philly coach Kyle Sample said that Maurice is already attracting more than his fair share of college attention at the moment. Bucknell, Niagara, Quinnipiac, Penn, Boston University, La Salle, Harvard, and Princeton are among the schools already involved with Watson. Maurice further explained that Florida Atlantic, Morehead State, and Missouri State were the schools recruiting him the hardest at the moment.

Although he is already attracting significant attention, Maurice knows the importance of this month, where colleges will be keeping a close eye on him. Since new schools seem to be getting involved almost every week, he plans to wait things out and see what new schools could become interested in his game. At the moment, Saint Joseph's is not a school tracking Watson, but that doesn't mean that they couldn't. According to Maurice, a college decision is not in the near future; with "November probably being the earliest" that he would make the call.

In addition to what he can do on the court, Watson is also a terrific student, which is why much of the Ivy League is after him. That Ivy League education is something that Maurice stated could be tough to pass up. Wanting to major in Communications, Maurice already has an idea of what he wants to study in college. Exactly what college that ends up being remains to be seen. The next three weeks could play a pivotal role in that decision.

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