Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Butler's Watkins commits to Duke

Butler High girls' basketball player Clair Watkins , a junior, committed to Duke.

Watkins took an unofficial visit to Durham Tuesday, an off-day for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, and told Blue Devils coaches before she left that she would play there in college.
Watkins is a 6-foot-4 center who averaged 10 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks last year for Butler, which finished 26-4.

Watkins’ mother, Nancy, said Duke coach Joanne McCallie watched her daughter play on Butler’s campus three weeks ago.

Watkins, who has a 3.6 grade-point average, improved her game in the offseason, Butler coach Stephanie Butler said, playing with elite AAU teams in Atlanta and Charlotte. Watkins now can consistently shoot from 3-point range and has added a variety of moves near the basket.

“Clair really worked hard and took heed to the different things college coaches were telling her in the summer,” Butler said. “She had the opportunity this summer to play against some of the nation’s best and that really jump-started things for her. She has lots of potential and loads of talent.”

Watkins is the third player on her team to commit to a Division I school. Point guard Celeste Stewart has committed to East Carolina. Shooting guard Jaquaria Forney has committed to Charlotte. Butler has three more players being recruited Division I, including 6-3 sophomore wing Cierra Burdick, considered one of the top five players nationally in her age group by many recruiting services.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.


Evan (from your neighborhood) said...

way to go Claire!! good job and good luck!!

Asst Coach said...

Congrats! Stay focused!

Anonymous said...

Welcome to Duke! We are really looking forward to having you on Our Team!

Anonymous said...

It's sad that Duke has to resort to recruiting 6'4" players who can only average 10 points, 8 boards, and 2 blocks on the high school level. I'm guessing her parents are alumns or must have a ton of money, b/c she's simply not Duke material. But then again, she may be P's material...

Btw, is Claire nationally ranked?

Anonymous said...

whoever the person above is, you're an idiot.

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