Niagara Gazette


January 4, 2013



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.

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