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Prospect Profile

Mitchell Watt

  • Full Name: Mitchell Watt
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-8 / 225
  • Birthdate: December 14, 1989
  • College: Buffalo

Strengths:
*Good shot blocker
*Competes on the glass
*Good athleticism
*Good free-throw shooter
*Can shoot the 3
*Good passer
*Can put the ball on the floor
*Intelligent

Weaknesses:
*Needs to get bigger and stronger

NBA projection:
Watt’s play in the Portsmouth Invitational definitely helped his cause. He led the tournament in blocked shots (4.33 bpg), finished tied for seventh in rebounding (9.0 rpg) and was 16th in scoring (12.7). Even before Portsmouth, some mock drafts listed him as a late second-round pick. He’s got perimeter skills and could project as a face-up four man.

2011-12 Season:
Watt was chosen MVP of the Mid-American Conference after ranking in the top four in the conference in five statistics: scoring (4th), rebounding (4th), field goal percentage (4th), blocked shots (2nd) and defensive rebounds (3rd).

Key statistics:
16.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.5 tpg, 2.1 bpg, 30.2 mpg, .554 FG, .324 3PT, .744 FT

Cool statistic:
Watt averaged 23 points and 10 rebounds in three games this season against Ohio, which won the MAC tournament and then defeated Michigan and USF to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.

Reminds me of:
Rashard Lewis

What Insiders Say:
Buffalo coach Reggie Witherspoon
“It’s thrilling to see his development and to see him evolve as a man to get to the point where he has that level of impact on not only his teammates, but the entire conference. I know how difficult it is for someone from Buffalo to get an award [MAC MVP] like this.”

Buffalo assistant coach Turner Battle
“He’s always been a guy who could shoot and handle the ball. I see him as face-up four. He has guard skills: Face-up jab step with his right or left. Step-back. Crossover. His footwork is very good. He’s the type of kid where if you teach him something, he’ll get it in a couple tries.”

Former Miami (Ohio) assistant coach Jermaine Henderson
“Watt was outstanding [with 28 points, five rebounds, four assists and four blocks against Miami]. He was all over the place. He blocked shots, he got rebounds and he had a great day. ... I thought Watt certainly put his name in the ring for [MAC] player of the year."
 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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