Chris Holtmann’s first 2018 verbal commitment is in, and it came late Monday night in the form of 4-star shooting guard Torrence Watson.
Watson announced the news via Twitter.
— Torrence Watson (@TorrenceWatson) July 11, 2017
Watson (6-4 175) is ranked the No. 100 player in the class per the 247Sports Composite and the No. 23 shooting guard in the nation. He is from St. Louis, Missouri (Whitfield School), and is rated the No. 3 player in the state.
Holtmann offered Watson less than a month ago, though he had also offered him while he was the head coach at Butler. The Bulldogs made Watson’s initial cut down earlier in the spring. He also held offers from Vanderbilt, Kansas State, Missouri, Creighton, Marquette, Illinois, West Virginia, and Iowa State.
Watson was a First-Team All-State selection as a junior, averaging a St. Louis area-high 29 points per game last season.
His offensive game continues to evolve. He has a nice step-back game, and shows total confidence in his jumper. He has easy range, but doesn’t over-rely on it. He has a complementary mid-range game which makes him a dangerous scorer from all over the court.
He’s not just a scorer, however, as he is also a tremendous defender according to reports. He is versatile enough to guard all three perimeter positions, though he will need to get stronger to handle some of the bigger and stronger small forwards in the Big Ten.
Ohio State is far from finished in the 2018 class, as they have plenty of room to add more prospects. Two such players are Ohio prospects Dwayne Cohill and Eric Hunter, who are also interested in the Buckeyes.
You can check out Watson in action below.
Torrence Watson Highlights