Oh, Hello: 2015 PA PF/C Michael Watkins Commits to Penn State

Pat Chambers gets his third commitment in two weeks, this time from a big man with some serious upside.


Michael Watkins, Ladies and Gentlemen!

Hometown Philadelphia, PA
High School John Bartram HS
Class 2015
Position PF/C
AAU Team Philly
Height 6'8"
Weight 210lbs

Update! (10:37pm EST): According to City of Basketball Love's Andrew Koob, Watkins will transfer to Imhotep Charter HS in Philly, a school which Brandon Austin nuh-uh nope never heard of it before why do you ask

Starz 'n Sheetz

247Sports - NR / Scout - NR / ESPN - 3-star, 78 rating / Rivals - NR
Offers: No other offers listed


The Tale

Ask and Pat Chambers shall deliver unto ye an athletic big man with tremendous upside. At least that's what the early reports indicate for class of 2015 PF/C Mike Watkins, who committed to Penn State on Wednesday night. While Watkins' offer sheet is non-existent, it was expected that he would see his recruitment pick up, being a talented big man from Philly and all who recently reclassified from 2014. He's also a product of Team Philly, the same AAU squad from which current Nittany Lion Brandon Taylor hails. If it wasn't safe to say before, it is now--Chambers is making serious inroads in Philly.

And now, Interesting Tweet Theater:

Watkins is the program's first commitment in what is a vital class of 2015. Before tonight, the staff had five scholarships to work with in the class that will replace the likes D.J. Newbill, Ross Travis and John Johnson. Should he end up signing with the program, Watkins is scheduled to join a frontcourt with Brandon Taylor, Donovon Jack (both would-be seniors), Julian Moore (junior) and Jordan Dickerson (junior). While that's a long ways away, it's worth keeping an eye on to see what kind of positional balance Chambers will elect to bring in. Based on what we know about Watkins, it seems like the staff already has their shot-blocker.

Welcome, Michael!

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