Basketball Prospectus lists Christian Watford as 31st best college player

  • 07/19/2011 2:31 pm in

Our friends at Basketball Prospectus are counting down the top 100 college basketball players for the 2011-2012 season and up until yesterday, no Indiana player had received a mention. But Prospectus posted the fourth installment of the series on Monday, which included the No. 35 to No. 21 of their list, and Indiana junior forward Christian Watford checked in at No. 31:

31. Christian Watford, Indiana (Jr., PF)
No one that I’ve talked to seems all that excited about Watford’s 2011, but as a sophomore he took on 28 percent of the offensive load for a major-conference team and was efficient about it. Watford kept turnovers to a minimum, made it clear that he was to be guarded on the perimeter, and hit 84 percent of his frequent free throws. If he could shore up that 44 percent two-point shooting, he’d be in good shape. And if Watford’s really as strong a shooter as that free throw success implies, he could change the three-pointer from a tool to a weapon. Take care of both ifs and he would jump quite a few names on this list.

Drew Cannon, the author of the piece, raises some fair points on Watford. His two-point shooting was awfully low for the amount of attempts he took around the basket a year ago, but Watford was excellent at getting to the line (166 attempts) and converting (140 makes). No other Hoosier stands to benefit more from the addition of Cody Zeller than Watford. Zeller’s presence should allow Watford to move around the perimeter a bit more and when IU goes with Zeller and Pritchard alongside Watford, IU’s leading returning scorer should be able to find easier scoring opportunities around the basket.

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  • Anonymous

    I am as negative as anyone during stretches of the season when loss after loss just ends up dragging me down BUT.

    We are 0-0 this year and I have high hopes of a significant turnaround.  I’m going to predict 20 wins every season in the preseason and then look back and say I told you so to all the naysayers once we finally do it.  Now it may take a few years but I’m starting now. 

    20 wins this year MARK IT DOWN.

    How’s that for Positivity?

  • Anonymous

    Easy way to get ready for that—spend the next couple of weeks guarding Matt Roth in open gym.  OK, maybe not Roth because I don’t think Matt’s going around anyone.

  • Anonymous

    Unless Garrett Green is on the roster.

  • Anonymous

    Rotnei. He scored like 51 against someone last year.

  • Derbus

    I think the ranking is absolutely ridiculous.  CW has NO defensive energy.  He is too selfish and lackadaisical on the court.  If he turned on his motor every minute he played he could be a force.  I have hope for him as the new players will push him in practice, ‘specially the Greene kid if he comes.  CTC MUST play the players who are the best in practice . . . Elston, Verdell and CW in particular need to get it together.   imho.

  • Derbus

    I think the ranking is absolutely ridiculous.  CW has NO defensive energy.  He is too selfish and lackadaisical on the court.  If he turned on his motor every minute he played he could be a force.  I have hope for him as the new players will push him in practice, ‘specially the Greene kid if he comes.  CTC MUST play the players who are the best in practice . . . Elston, Verdell and CW in particular need to get it together.   imho.

  • Derbus

    I think the ranking is absolutely ridiculous.  CW has NO defensive energy.  He is too selfish and lackadaisical on the court.  If he turned on his motor every minute he played he could be a force.  I have hope for him as the new players will push him in practice, ‘specially the Greene kid if he comes.  CTC MUST play the players who are the best in practice . . . Elston, Verdell and CW in particular need to get it together.   imho.

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree with this assessment. Does anyone know what other Big 10 players have been listed between 100 and 21?

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree with this assessment. Does anyone know what other Big 10 players have been listed between 100 and 21?

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree with this assessment. Does anyone know what other Big 10 players have been listed between 100 and 21?

  • Anonymous

    Victor and Will can each rebound and defend. I expect each to be much better offensively this season. The early reports are very encouraging.

  • Anonymous

    He was our best player both his Freshman and Sophomore years! That is pretty good for starters!

  • Anonymous

    You missed that Watford was our leading rebounder in each of the last 2 seasons!

  • Anonymous

    You missed that Watford was our leading rebounder in each of the last 2 seasons!

  • Anonymous

    You missed that Watford was our leading rebounder in each of the last 2 seasons!

  • Anonymous

    I am with you on that!

  • Anonymous

    I am with you on that!

  • Anonymous

    I am with you on that!

  • Anonymous

    I am with you on that!

  • Anonymous

    There is always ONE!

  • Anonymous

    There is always ONE!

  • Anonymous

    There is always ONE!

  • Anonymous

    There is always ONE!

  • Anonymous

    I see Matt having a very successful career in life AND hitting some key shots for the Hoosiers this next season!

  • Anonymous

    I see Matt having a very successful career in life AND hitting some key shots for the Hoosiers this next season!

  • Anonymous

    Watford was IU”s leading rebounder for each of the last two years!

  • CW is still our best player and now that he has gained experience and more strength should continue to improve.  He will benefit from Zeller and Green if he comes.  He and Creek will be the key to a succesful yr.