Niagara Gazette

Sports

January 4, 2013

LEARNING CURVE

(Continued)

Niagara Gazette — “This year we lose eight seniors. I don’t know why we wouldn’t hand (the team) over to him next year.”

Off the court, Watkins is a quiet, thoughtful kid. He excels in the classroom, boasting a 90 average, and Constantino said teachers often go out of their way to send their compliments to the coach.

“He’s a very good student, very unassuming, reserved,” Constantino said. “His teachers say he’s a very intelligent young man. He has a quiet personality about himself where he’s a very likable kid, but you kind of have to bring it out of him a little bit.”

Watkins uses that thoughtfulness to his advantage, showing a good understanding of his strengths — and flaws — on the court, and acknowledging what he needs to do to work on his game.

“When I came in (as a sophomore), I was just trying to get out there and prove myself, let these guys know I (wasn’t) just a little 10th grader,” he said. “I always tried to check the best guy in practice and show I could bring that defensive intensity.

“I need to keep improving my defense: being in the right spot instead of just standing around and watching the play develop, being more engaged in the play so I can defend as it happens instead of being a split second late.”

If Watkins continues to improve, the Wolverines, who lose seven seniors this season, should be in good hands next season.

Follow high school sports reporter Mike Meiler on Twitter @mikemeiler for updates on your local teams.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page