Video: Ibi Watson junior season highlights

  • 07/21/2015 9:57 am in

Class of 2016 Pickerington Central (Ohio) guard Ibi Watson is putting together a strong summer with All-Ohio Red and as a result, he recently earned a scholarship offer from Indiana.

The Hoosier staff has tracked Watson diligently this month and is expected to watch him again this week at the AAU Super Showcase in Louisville, Kentucky.

Watson told Inside the Hall earlier this month that he’s impressed with the plan that Tom Crean has laid out for him if he decides to come to Bloomington.

Here’s a look at a lengthy compilation of Watson highlights from his junior season at Pickerington Central via HWBD on YouTube:

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  • marcusgresham

    His release reminds me of Mo Creek. Not ideal, but it went in.

  • TomJameson

    Label warning – just a highlight reel, it’s supposed to emphasize his attributes … lol

    That said, Ibi (love the name) looks very skilled with good hands and passes well. Shoots from all over the floor and looks like he can create his own shot. finishes through traffic, and contact. Seems like he has a defensive mindset. Looks like his frame can easily add some muscle too.

  • Bill Graham

    Love the length. Kind of reminds me of a poor man’s D Russ. Not the most athletic. Could use some muscle and maybe a quicker release but a great player nevertheless. I’m in arch city a lot so I’ll have to catch a game or two.

  • OhioHoosier

    Reppin the C-Bus

  • TomJameson

    Be sure to share! LOL

  • IUBizmark

    I like his game. I did see a flying wallenda around the 1:00 mark.
    This kid could be solid once he puts on some more muscle with a college S&C program.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    There doesn’t seem to be many Indiana high school recruit targets n I’s radr. Am I missing something? Is Indiana high school bball that down in talent?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Typo correction: Indiana high school recruits in IU’s radar.

  • marcusgresham

    Paul Scruggs, Kris Wilkes, Jaren Jackson and Malik Williams come to mind right off the top of my head, but they’re 2017. Are you talking about the ’16 class?

  • Ole Man

    That’s what I keep questioning…Does he have B1G athleticism. Really hard to say because we don’t know anything about the level of competition in the highlight tape.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Yes Marcus. I live in Naperville, IL and cannot gage how good the Indiana high school talent is. I used to get information when my son was playing AAU and Daryl Thomas was his coach.

  • HoosierHomer

    IU was in on Joey Brunk and Kyle Guy, but missed out on them to Butler and Virginia, respectively. Also, last I heard, IU had offers out to Eron Gordon and Vijay Blackmon, although I’m not sure how heavily they are recruiting them now.

  • SilentBob

    Yea 2015 and 2016 have been down years for the state. Both in terms of talent and fit for Creans style of play. 2017 and 2018 will be much more like what were accustomed to. Although we could snatch Gordon up this year, I think we have a handful of guards we’re pursuing more

  • CreamandCrimson

    I know you are talking mainly about 2016 but I’ll chime in and add to Marcus’ comment. Paul Scruggs is the best high school point guard that I have seen in person since Mike Conley (played way, way down the depth chart with him at Lawrence North). Scruggs goes to Southport and, in my opinion, is a tremendous prospect. Kris Wilkes plays for North Central in Indianapolis and is the prototypical wing player (6’6″-170 pounds) and will likely be a high 4-star or 5-star guy. In addition to those guys, Romeo Langford (a guy Marcus has been letting us know about for years haha!) is a potential 5-star guy in the 2018 class and an elite scorer for New Albany.

    In short, the 2016 class didn’t really feature top-end talent (although I believe we’ll be sorry Kyle Guy got away and Joey Brunk will have a nice career at Butler) but the 2017 and 2018 classes are expected to feature multiple high-major/B1G caliber players and potential difference makers. The coaching staff seems to be focusing on those top in-state guys and it will really hurt the program if we don’t get a few of them.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Thanks Silent, HH, Marcus and Cream Crimson for the great information.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    That is a great list. My fear was centered around the fact that after this upcoming season is over,,,,hardly anyone on the roster will be from Indiana, especially if Blackmon leaves for the NBA. Collin Hartman will be the only contributor if James Blackmon leaves. I hope we get some of the recruits you mentioned.

  • ronb

    I don’t know how much my opinion counts any more since I have been sick so long but I saw some of the games he played in this summer on the internet and he has made a jump offensively year over year but that is not what impressed me. This old school Coach saw him playing defense the right way! If he can do that along with the skills he already has we would be losing someone who could really help us.

    I don’t care about ratings and star crap. That stuff is for fans. He is not a 5 yet and that is the only rating I half way trust. IU had some 4’s who were a bust and some 3 ‘s that were really good players so 1-4 mean nothing to me. Seeing players play the game is what counts and Coach thought he was good enough to offer after seeing him. I think so too after watching him play against good players this summer. I have not always agreed with Coach on player choices but I do on this young man.

  • OhioHoosier

    Competition was solid but obviously not EYBL level. I struggled to read the jerseys but I know he was playing two Westerville teams and then a few others. Pickerington plays in the OCC Ohio division which is perennially one of the strongest divisions in central Ohio. For some perspective Gahanna is in the division which has that big guy who just committed to MSU. The Ohio division is the most inner-city of the 4 OCC divisions but it is still OCC basketball, known for its toughness and defense, very similar (albeit a much much lesser version) to Big Ten basketball. I don’t know if that helps at all, but he is playing basketball at the highest level in Columbus, Ohio.

  • Ole Man

    That helps. Thanks so much!