ESPN No. 68 ranked high school junior Torrence Watson has committed to Missouri.
The explosive 6-5 shooting guard averaged a whopping 29 points and 7 rebounds this season for Whitfield School (St. Louis, MO).
Watson also had a strong summer, averaging 13.8 points and 3.9 rebounds with Ramey Jets United on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit.
“There’s no place like home first and foremost,” Watson told the St, Louis Dispatch. “I really trust the coaching staff that they’ll really work to make me better. I just really like the program. It’s the right place for me. Just that feel for being at home really sold me.”
Watson had previously committed to Ohio State before changing his mind last month.
“He had great relationships with the coaching staff at Ohio State, but the more he sat on it, the more the distance became a factor,” said Watson’s Whitfield HS coach Mike Potsou. “The distance bothered him. The ability for his dad and brother to get to home games really started to hit him. Ultimately that’s what drove him to decommitting and wanting to be closer to home.”
Rivals’ Eric Bossi loves Watson’s game.
“He has excellent positional size, is a plus athlete and thrives as a finisher in transition,” Bossi wrote. “What I really like about Watson is that I can envision him becoming a multi positional defender and a utility guard who can be used up and down a lineup.”
The Tigers beat out the likes of Iowa State, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Kansas State, Saint Louis, and Marquette to land Watson.
At Mizzou, Watson will join fellow 2018 recruits Javon Pickett and K.J. Santos.
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