Indiana offers class of 2019 five-star forward Trendon Watford

  • 05/19/2017 7:54 am in

Indiana took the next logical step in its recruitment of one of the top players in the class of 2019 on Thursday.

The Hoosier staff extended a scholarship offer to Mountain Brook (AL) and Nike Team Florida forward Trendon Watford, a consensus five-star prospect.

The 6-foot-8 forward is the younger brother of Christian Watford, who starred at Indiana from 2009 to 2013 and won a Big Ten championship in his final season in Bloomington.

Trendon Watford is ranked the No. 12 prospect nationally, according to the 247Composite. He has scholarship offers from Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State, Auburn, Iowa and TCU and interest from Kentucky, Arizona, North Carolina and Kansas.

Through the first three Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) sessions, he’s averaging 13.3 points on 53 percent shooting from the field. He’s also pulling down 4.2 rebounds per game and dishing out 1.7 assists.

At last month’s Nike EYBL stop at the Grand Park Fieldhouse in Westfield, Watford said he wasn’t hearing from the previous coaching staff, but said the new staff had already been in contact.

“They reached out to my brother about me a couple of weeks ago,” Watford explained. “When Archie Miller first got hired.”

Programs will be able to directly reach out to class of 2019 prospects on June 15. Last month, Watford told Inside the Hall that he remains open in the recruiting process.

Per NCAA rules, schools can’t reach out directly to class of 2019 prospects until June 15.

“I haven’t cut a list yet. I’m just enjoying the process right now,” he said. “I’m open to any school that wants to recruit me. Just seeing how I can come in and impact a school, that’s the biggest thing. Just seeing how I can affect a program and which school can help get me to the next level.”

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  • HoosierHeel

    About. Time. I’m not going to badmouth the previous regime, but I’m sure glad Archie is pursuing little Watford!

  • TomJameson

    Hahaha … you know when you say “I’m not going to badmouth” somebody … you are, in effect, badmouthing them. If you really didn’t want to say anything, you shouldn’t say anything. 🙂

    I certainly hope Trendon comes to IU, that would be tremendous! Christian says Trendon is the much better player. I hope that TW realizes that he won’t be in his brothers shadow if he comes to IU, he’ll just be extending the Watford legend. Pretty sure that TW will enjoy the royalty treatment he’d receive at IU. 🙂

  • pcantidote

    I’m guessing we don’t want to call him Twat, right?

  • VOXAC30

    Awful… C-Wat was just an awesome a acronym Lil-Bro would work

  • TomJameson

    nice try though.
    nice try though.

  • TomJameson

    No, don’t want Trendon to think about being in the shadow of his brother. TW will always make me think of Troy.

  • H00S13R2013

    I believe that nickname is saved for Purdue…

  • bball at nick’s

    What makes you think he would enjoy being in Troy’s shadow? LOL.

  • N71

    Remarkable how much they look and sound alike, Trendon and Christian. I was curious if they play alike so I googled a couple videos and here’s what I initially thought:

    + Trendon likes player closer to the rim, seems to prefer to pain and baseline
    + Trendon is a little longer so he’s up around the rim more…I think, maybe, not sure
    + His shooting stroke looks more traditional
    + No knock on Christian but Trendon is a little more polished for his age

    Anyone else have a take?

  • bball at nick’s

    Well, he also used the word “regime”. LOL.

  • bball at nick’s

    The Twat Shot!

  • pcantidote

    ;). Aren’t you forgetting something…………LOL!!!

  • Ole Man

    I’ll be glad to bad mouth him if you want me to when it comes to not contacting Trendon. No excuse for that.

  • bball at nick’s

    What, the Squirt?

  • TomJameson

    Well, of course, you miss the point.

  • HoosierHeel

    Haha by saying “I’m not going to badmouth” them I am certainly acknowledging how I feel on the subject, but choosing not to reiterate my frustration and focus on the positive news that we are om him now!

  • HoosierHeel

    Does that have a negative connotation to you? Would you prefer I stay staff? 😉

    I appreciate Tom Crean and will remain a fan of his till he retires. I had no intention of characterizing his staff or tenure in any negative manner through the word “regime.”

  • BannerOrBust

    His twitter post about the offer really seems like he was fired up about Indiana! So was Christians twitter post! Good News People, I feel good about this one!

  • bball at nick’s

    Well then you just disappointed me, LOL.

  • Arch Puddington

    Whether you speak your mind directly or not, the criticism is fair. We have heard from more than one recruit with whom we should have had at least a chance that CTC was not pursuing them, or was pursuing them inconsistently. Something had gone awry in CTC’s thinking or approach by the end of his time here, with indications ranging from the idiotic signs help up during games to not offering the younger — and more talented — younger brother of a revered former player. Just as we still speak on occasion of Kelvin Sampson, Mike Davis, and Bob Knight, CTC will continue to pop up in our discussions for years to come — sometimes positively, sometimes less so. It comes with the territory of a high-profile, high paying job, and he and all other coaches know it very well.

  • TomJameson

    I tried to lighten my comment with the “hahaha”, and didn’t mean for it to explode through other’s efforts. As far as I’m concerned, you and I are good, no hard feelings. Especially as I agree that Trendon should have been contacted earlier as well.

    Criticism of the previous regime (administration, staff, people…. ) is just going to go on forever, guess there’s no stopping it. Your comment was just fine and I probably shouldn’t have said a thing, but you noticed how fast others took up the banner, right? Hahaha

    But you know, that period is over and the new era is upon us. Like you said HoosierHeel, focusing on the positive. 🙂

  • Arch Puddington

    Don’t know about his game, but here is the only take that matters: he is almost certainly not coming here. He is a southerner who’s entire list of schools on his ESPN recruiting page is from the south, and with a charismatic former NBA coach now at Alabama and top players from Alabama and nearby places committing to him (2017 #6 Collin Sexton and #21 John Petty already on board), I’d be stunned if he comes here. Very few schools have even offered, so it may be that CTC hadn’t done so because there just isn’t any chance of his coming here. Hope I’m wrong.

  • John D Murphy

    A lot of deleted comments on this thread. I always feel disappointed I didn’t get to see the dirt before it was taken down.

  • John D Murphy

    This is a great offer. While I’m hopeful on Romeo, I feel like we are coming in too late. I like our chances with Trendon. I think he will be Archie’s first 5-star recruit and the backbone of a tremendous 2019 class.

  • HoosierHeel

    Yes, I never took what you said in any negative or antagonistic way. I understood!

  • Koko

    That doesn’t say much for CTC’s tenacity…..I hope you are wrong too.

  • TomJameson

    Don’t know John, but I think it was about nick-names for Trendon. One comment was how Christian Watford was C-Wat, so that abbreviated format wouldn’t work. I think one comment was mine saying the TW would always mean Troy Williams to me, not Trendon Watford.

    Might have been getting a little nasty. But I agree, would like to know. 🙂

  • John D Murphy

    Nicely articulated Arch

  • Ole Man

    I missed nothing. When he was good at what he was good at, then he was very good. When he was bad, he stunk!

  • SCHoosier

    Not sure Trendon’s parents could endure more seasons of driving from their home to B -town to see their youngest son play. He can go about anywhere he wants..I just don’t see a compelling reason why IU would be among his top 5 at this point. I have no doubt TW is developing into a 4 star + player.

  • marcusgresham

    I agree……except with including Sampson in a sentence that indicates sometimes he will be spoken of in a positive light. 😉

  • John D Murphy

    You might start by reading at least the first paragraph of the article: “…Trendon Watford, a consensus five-star prospect.” Also maybe Trendon’s parents like their son to make his own decisions. Maybe Trendon has been to a game or two at Assembly Hall and also at Alabama and thinks IU was great. If he wasn’t excited to get the offer, he wouldn’t have tweeted. If he wasn’t receptive, Archie wouldn’t have offered. Michael Porter the #1 prospect ended up Missouri. All the top prospects don’t attend Kansas, UK, Duke, and UNC. There isn’t a compelling reason why IU wouldn’t be on his shortlist.

  • marcusgresham

    Maybe he can get his brother’s old uniform # and we can just call him “2.2”

  • TomJameson

    Yes, you did. Hahaha … You know, I know what my point was, and I’m saying you didn’t get it, twice now.

    To explain it simply, it wasn’t about the “badmouthing” at all. It was the point that “no action is an action in itself”. Pretty sure you understand that, but are just being argumentative because … well just because, I guess.

    The comment I made was in a public format, so open to everybody, but it was in reply to HoosierHeel (who got it, by the way). You didn’t really need to interject at all, you know? You didn’t really add anything.

  • sam

    Offers are plenty. I’ve learned not to get to excited by them anymore?. Sign a NLI, I’m excited… With that said, at least we have a chance now…

  • sam

    Everybody says they are excited n blessed concerning offers all the time so that’s no big deal. I hope he chooses IU, however…

  • Jolene Smythe

    He seems to be a lot more athletic than Christian at this stage as well.

  • MrPontiusPilate

    Tell me TomJameson, what’s the point of you using “hahaha” in sentences? What does it actually mean and what’s it’s purpose? A laugh is spontaneous: one doesn’t type a laugh. It seems to me that you feel the constant need in your posts to moralize and critique even concerning very trivial things that most people would think too banal to bring attention to Not you. No slight comment or off hand remark is meaningless enough or low enough for you to exploit for your own ego.

  • MrPontiusPilate

    And hahaha is your cowardly way of trying to make it seem like a joke. hahahah I’m a bottom feeder like TomJameson. I use other people’s waste as nourishment and think that I am well fed. Hahahaha I type out laughs because I don’t actually laugh. Hahahaha. Isn’t it funny?

  • TomJameson

    WOW! I don’t know who ticked you off, but you are waaaay off base here. Both in your attack on me personally, and on your ignorance about injecting “lightness” in emails.

    You are not having any trouble at all in conveying your tone of hate aimed at me for some unapparent reason, but tone in any written venue, which these message boards are one, is hard to convey. When somebody interjects a laugh (hahaha), or a smiley face :-), it is an attempt to keep the tone light so as to not offend somebody.

    You’re vitriol attack on me could not be mitigated in any way. You could easily be somebody who changed their name and have an ax to grind, but I don’t know you (unless you are forever doing these things).

    As far as being a coward, why don’t you put your real name out there, and let me know where you live? Talk about cowardly behavior.