In terrible news, a Junior College player is in the hospital after receiving multiple head and upper body wounds after being shot at. The incident happened in Berkeley, Mo following an argument near the player, Leon Watkins’ home. The 19 year old guard for Mineral Area Cardinals’ condition has not been publicized but as of the most remain news, he was still alive and it doesn’t seem like he is in critical wedding.
The Daily Journal Online was the first to report the news of the shooting. Mineral Area College’s athletic director, Chad Mills, spoke on behalf of the university to extend his thoughts to the family during their trying times.
“We were saddened to hear about Leon Watkins and the unfortunate situation that occurred Thursday night. Leon was shot at his home in north St. Louis. Leon is a model student-athlete at Mineral Area College, taking advantage of every opportunity he has been afforded.Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Leon, his family and friends as he continues on the road to recovery. The entire MAC Cardinal nation looks forward to his return to school this fall.”
Watkins was a starter last year for the Cardinals, a team that went 25-9 and made the NJCAA tournament. He averaged 10.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists and was projected to be one of the team’s scoring leaders for the upcoming season.
At times like these, there are more important things than basketball. We would like to extend our thoughts to Watkins’ family and friends and hope he pulls through this incident and is able to come back to the Cardinals and have an amazing season.