Thursday, November 1, 2007

Recruiting News: Rivals.com Reports Cornell Leads for Watt's Services

As we previously reported here on The Cornell Basketball Blog, Cornell is the leading recruiter for Mitchell Watt's services. Today on ArizonaPreps.com, Anthony Ray, a scout and publisher for the Rivals network, confirmed our story. Here is the ArizonaPreps.com story:

Anthony Ray
ArizonaPreps.com

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I hope this report is fulfilled. He looks like just the type of player we will be needing next year.

The Cornell Basketball Blog said...

Watt is a guy that Cornell targetted early on and has pursued hard since last winter.

If he commits, and has not yet, he would be the best combination of defensive and offensive skill of any big man entering the Ivy League next season.

New recruits like Frank Ben Eze (Harvard) and Garvin Hunt (Penn) are huge and brutally strong. But unlike Watt, they have limited offensive skills in the post and certainly do not have perimeter range (and probably never will). Watt can be an inside and outside scoring threat with his shooting skills. He can also play above the rim and throw down dunks.

Defensively he is very long (as you can see in the photos) and has great timing and good quickness getting up into the air. He can be a shot blocking machine in the paint, even if he is a bit narrow.

Overall, I think we found a guy who will complement the skill sets of Alex Tyler and Jeff Foote. We are in good shape if he commits.

Adding a wide body would be our next priority.