March 9, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oregon State Beavers mascot during a stoppage in play during the semi final round of the 2012 Pac 12 Tournament in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Recruit Devin Watson: Oregon State's Key Ingredient?

Last year, the OSU Beavers ended their season with a losing record of 14-18 (4-14 against their own conference). The Beavers have been a relatively mediocre team in the Pac-12, with little signs of improvements since their head coach, Craig Robinson, was hired back in 2008. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t taking the right steps to creating and forming a solid basketball team. One of those right steps is the commitment of 2014 recruit Devin Watson. Devin Watson is a guy to keep an eye on, because the impact he could have as his game develops to suit the college play-style can be extremely beneficial to the entirety of the Beaver’s offense.

Devin Watson is a very crafty ball handler, weaving in-and-out of traffic and losing his man with some low and tight crossovers. With all of these Point Guard recruits, not many of them can be considered a “true” PG. And, frankly, that is exactly what Devin Watson is: a true PG. Watson’s basketball IQ and reaction time to split-second decisions is uncanny, making his style of play almost comparable to former Wake Forest star and current LA Clipper Chris Paul. His shooting is superb, knocking down most jumpshots from as far as 20 feet at consistent rates, which makes the high volume of shots he takes acceptable sometimes.

One thing noted about Watson is his tendency to hold the ball longer at times, but he is a very capable playmaker when he is passing around the ball and finding the cutter or open man. A point guard with the abilities like Watson is the type of PG that can make the players around him better, and that is exactly what the OSU Beavers need to initiate the offense and get everybody involved. With the scoring capabilities of Devin Watson to maybe possibly lead the offense at around his 2nd or 3rd year, possibly sooner than that, a long with a more willing desire to spread the ball and pass it around, OSU might have the ingredients they need to finally shoot out of the mediocre bunch of the Pac-12 conference. With leading scorers Roberto Nelson (averaged 17.8 PPG last season) and Devon Collier (averaged 12.8 PPG last season) both graduating this season, Watson is what the Beavers are going to need to help supplement the scoring load for the 14-15 season. Devin Watson has averaged 20.8 PPG, 4.5 APG, and 2 SPG in the three years he has attended Army-Navy High School in Carlsbad, California.


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