Arizona's 2008 class of senior prospects is filled with talent across the board. With many members of the class still uncommited, one of the more talented prospects still on the board is 6-foot-9, 210-pound senior post player Mitchell Watt of Desert Edge HS.
Coming off an all-star performance in this year's Arizona Preps Fall Showcase, where he was selected as a Top 25 performer, we caught up with Watt about his recruitment and he informed us that he has a clear leader in his recruitment.
According to Watt, he has been contacted by many schools in the Ivy League, but that Cornell is his definite leader as of right now.
"I really like their school and their coaches," said Watt. "I have always liked Cornell."
Watt informed us that he could be nearing a decision very soon, but that the process takes time.
"The application process is long," said Watt. "Once that is done, I will probably go there."
This past spring and summer, Watt traveled on the AAU/club circuit with Russ Pennell and the Arizona Premier.
After a slow start to the high school season last year, Watt led his Desert Edge HS team to a 24-6 overall record and a runner-up finish in the state's 5A Division-II. In doing so, Watt averaged 11.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per/game. He also shot a mind-blowing 70% from the field in the process.
Watt's upside as a player is tremendous, as he is 6-9 in heigth [sic] and still growing. He has a long wingspan as a player and also a long, rangy body to go with it. He is also a versatile player that is capable of playing with his back to the basket or from the perimeter, which suggests that he will become a face-up four man at the collegiate level of play. Still rather thin physically though, Watt is beginning to grow into his large frame, as he has put on some weight since last season.
Arizona Preps will continue to keep you updated as Watt's recruitment continues to develop.
Arizona Preps Scouting Report: Watt's best years are definitely ahead of him, as he is just now beginning to grow into his long, thin physical frame. While he is definitely a low-post prospect for the collegiate level, he really likes to float to the perimeter as well, where he is very capable of shooting the basketball with range. A left hander as well, Watt is very skilled around the basket, and should grow to become a face-up four man at the division-I level. He is also a very good shotblocker with good timing, although his defensive intensity still needs work for him to truely reach his full potential on the basketball court. As a result of his length, he is a solid rebounder and good on the glass on both ends of the floor.