While compiling his 2014 recruiting class, Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton has, for the second time, added a talented JUCO prospect. First, back in September, it was power forward Cinmeon Bowers, who may end up as the No. 1 rated JUCO player in 2014. Now, it's Dayshawn Watkins - a point guard from Goodman (Miss.) Holmes Community College.
Watkins, who is only a freshman, committed to and signed with the Seminoles yesterday. He will have three years of eligibility when he arrives on the Tallahassee campus.
The 6-0, 175-pount point guard originally hails from Jacksonville, Ark. Last year as a high school senior, Watkins committed to UAB, according to 247Sports.com, during the early signing period. However, as his final prep season progressed, so, too, did the interest he began to receive, as Arizona State, Ole Miss, and Wichita State all offered.
He was rated as a three-star recruit while in high school.
According to Tomahawk Nation, there was some speculation that Watkins would ditch his UAB commitment, and look elsewhere. None of that ended up mattering, though, because Watkins didn't qualify.
With his recruitment re-opened, Watkins quickly took a liking to Florida State. His interest in the Seminoles basketball program, especially the coaching staff, picked up steam about a month ago. He told Warchant.com: "I would say it was really Coach Ham and Coach (Charlton) Young as one of the big reasons. They are great guys and have a great program going and they loved everything about my game. I'm confident that I can help them win championships."
Last weekend, Watkins, also according to Warchant.com, visited FSU's campus. There was little publicity surrounding his arrival, but his trip, which was hosted by sophomore wing Montay Brandon, went very well.
Brandon, apparently, was also critical in the decision-making process for Watkins: "Montay is an outstanding guy with a great personality, fun to be around. I really hung out with most of the team on the visit. The team took me in like they already knew me, so it wasn't hard to feel right at home."
In his first season on the JUCO ranks, Watkins, who describes himself as a pass-first point guard, has produced for Holmes CC- he's currently averaging 14.5 points and 4.3 assists per contest. Watkins: "I'm always going to get my team involved before I do anything with my scoring. I'm going to do the little things to help the team win."
Watkins believes his ability defend is another reason why he will fit into Hamilton's system at Florida State. "I feel my with my quickness, I can bring even more to what is a very talented team. I'm also very big on defense. I feel the defense sparks what you do on offense, so on-ball defending is a big part of my game."
Check out these highlights of FSU's newest commitment in action last summer on the AAU circuit.