ITH Super Happy Fun Time Player Profile: Christian Watford

  • 10/05/2009 6:00 am in

watford100509Hoosier Hysteria is on the horizon and it’s time for Inside the Hall’s player-by-player breakdown of the 2009-2010 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Christian Watford.

If Maurice Creek is the freshman most ready to contribute, Christian Watford is not far behind. A consensus top 50 recruit nationally, Watford chose the Hoosiers over Alabama, Kentucky, Memphis and Louisville. Both Tom Crean and Bennie Seltzer put a great deal of effort into his recruitment and were able to sell the Indiana as the place where Watford can best prepare his game for the next level. His commitment in early September of last year lifted Indiana’s class into the top ten nationally.

At 6-8 and 215, Watford is a versatile wing that can score from the perimeter and also finish on the block. His handle on the perimeter is solid enough to utilize a pull-up jump shot that he’s able to knock down consistently. Although he’ll need to bulk up to compete on the block in the Big Ten, his ability to finish in traffic with contact is already a strong suit of his game.

When speaking about his freshman class a couple of weeks ago, Crean commented that Watford is getting work with the guards, wings and the post players this fall to make him a more rounded player. His ability to play different positions will give this year’s team the ability to go with several different looks. He’ll be a difficult matchup on the wing because he’s long and has a quick release. But he’s also capable of hitting the offensive glass and scoring on put backs or getting to the free-throw line.

Bottom Line: Watford will be counted on to play major minutes right away and as he gets acclimated to the physical style of play during conference play, he’ll have some breakout games. He has the tools to be a solid defensive player when he gives maximum effort on each possession and moves his feet. He’ll battle to be one of the top five freshmen in the Big Ten and down the line, he has the talent to take his game to an all-conference level.

Quotable“Christian, along with Maurice, showed the nation that Indiana never really went anywhere when it comes to getting national-level players from different parts of the country. Bennie Seltzer did a tremendous job of keeping up with Christian when we were at Marquette and we did feel like we had much of a chance (with him). And we all worked diligently to show Christian that he would be a very valuable part of our rebuilding process at Indiana. He has the ability to get to the rim and he can play on the perimeter. He is a matchup nightmare because if you go small on him he can take you down low and if you go big he can take you to the rim. He can be an excellent rebounder and what I feel, along with the other members of this class, is that he will be able to hold his own defensively for many years to come inside our program. We are really excited to have a player of Christian’s caliber coming into Indiana.” – Crean on Watford.

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  • JerryCT

    I feel he will be the key to our season and the biggest unknown as to what upside we have right now. He can do things that we sorely missed last year. ie rebound, score around the basket and from mid range. Our offense last year had no one the other team “had” to stop. I think watford is that guy. This will loosen defenses on Pritchard and Dumes if the opponents try to double Watford to stop him.

  • GFDave

    No one on the court for us last season was as athletic. He and Creek are big game changers in that regard. I agree with JerryCT on his potential for impacting the season.

    His interview showed me a good hearted kid who will fit into a team concept and not make it all about himself.

  • Luke72

    Christian has the character that reflects what Coach Crean looks for in recruits! This will be fun watching him play!!

  • Kelin Blab

    What I like about CW is he will be what we expect or exceed that this year. I think he has some really really good tools and skills that IU hasn't had in awhile and this team lacks. I see him, Creek, and Elston battling for top Frosh at IU and in the Big Ten….

  • stevealf

    Crean hit gold with Watford, Creek, Hulls, and Elston (if you can credit Crean for Elston).

  • BFowler

    This is the guy I have been looking forward to seeing. I have huge expectations for him amd I think he will be an absolute star by his senior year.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I am having a hard time remembering the last 6'8″ wing player IU had with the versatile skill set Watford brings. Once he develops the strength to consistently post people up, he can be an offensive force. I would really love to have two explosive scorers (Creek and Watford) on the floor at the same time. There are not a lot of teams with two premier defenders they may need to stop a guard and a 6'8″ wing.
    He seems like a smart kid that cares about improving. Another great addition to the Hoosiers.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I am having a hard time remembering the last 6'8″ wing player IU had with the versatile skill set Watford brings. Once he develops the strength to consistently post people up, he can be an offensive force. I would really love to have two explosive scorers (Creek and Watford) on the floor at the same time. There are not a lot of teams with two premier defenders they may need to stop a guard and a 6'8″ wing.
    He seems like a smart kid that cares about improving. Another great addition to the Hoosiers.