Watford makes the call: It’s Indiana

  • 09/09/2008 7:47 pm in

cwatford3.jpgAs speculated, Christian Watford wasted little time after a visit with Tom Crean to decide where he’ll be playing come the fall of 2009. The 6-7, 215 pound forward from Birmingham’s Shades Valley HS pledged to the Hoosiers on Tuesday less than a month after attending Indiana’s Elite Camp.

He joins Maurice Creek, Jordan Hulls, Derek Elston and Bobby Capobianco in a class that will likely be rated among the top 10 nationally.

Watford was also considering Kentucky, Louisville, Alabama and Memphis. He’s rated the No. 34 prospect in the 2009 class by Rivals.com.

When asked his thoughts on the program a couple of weeks ago by Justin Young of Rivals, Watford offered these comments:

“They have a real good basketball tradition there and I think coach Crean is going to come in and restore the program. Basically, I just like their tradition. It’s Indiana, you know.”


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  • TomCoverdaleIUHero

    Perfect Name for chanting CHRIS-TIAN WAT-FORD clap clap clap clap clap


  • mini

    once again…”It's Indiana”

  • hoosier07

    YESSSSS!!! this recruiting class is going to be SO solid!!!

    some more GREAT news announced from the TC coaching staff. the future looks bright ahead!!!

  • JHoosiers77

    Let me see if I understand this – he's from where? Birmingham? Like Birmingham Alabama? and he didn't go to UAB? “nuff said about this – great job by Coach TC and staff

  • woodpecker

    Dam right, “it's Indiana you know”

    Great news, we are on our way back!

  • cookcmc

    this is great news………..and a good sign of what's to come for this program

  • big get for IU – Watford really rounds out that '09 class nicely.

    let's just hope that there are enough scholarships available for him after the NCAA lays the hammer down.

  • Disco_Briscoe

    Awesome! A Braswell or Cheek would be even better but we'll see.

    Here is a thing on J Rivers http://www.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/stories/090

  • B_MD

    This is great news. If we could get one really talented big so that Watford could play the 3, that would be awesome. We've always been somewhat undersized in the recent past.

    When was the last time we had a 6-7 wing that could play like Watford?

  • Devin Ebanks? Wait, nevermind.

  • hoosier07

    would you want to play for the one and only Mike Davis??

    …my point exactly!

  • JerryCT

    I wonder what TC is thinking now about his scholarship situation and the need for bigs. There may be sentiment to unload a guard and especially in view of potential NCAA action.

    o is there a time frame for NCAA action such that “offered” kids are not punished when a school offers but is not aware of sanctions due to NCAA delays ?

    o If we unload a guard who should it be ? Is this the right thing to do ?

  • B_MD

    Just when we thought we had turned the corner:)

  • B_MD

    Remember earlier this year there was a lot of people wondering whether TC had signed too many wing players in '08 that were of similar qualities and talent level. I know he needed to put a team together for this season, but a lot of us wondered if we really needed all of Creek, Story, Williams, Dumes, Rivers, Roth and Jones.

    The thinking was that we were so excited about TC that we figured he'd get in with some top/higher rated recruits for '09, but then not have the scholarships available. Looks like this scenario could be playing out.

    This isn't meant as a huge knock on TC, I understand his hands were tied a bit. He's doing a wonderful job and I'm fired up already about the progress he's made.

  • rywagner

    Did DJ White have anything to do with this?

  • Watford talked to DJ during the weekend of the Elite Camp, so I'm sure he put in a few good words and could relate to Watford since they are both from Alabama.

  • The most likely scenario is Bawa Manuri or Angus Brandt will be the final addition to the 2009 class. Not sure if I'm sold on either guy, especially Manuri. He seems like a project. I'd be shocked if Braswell pans out, but he is planning to visit.

    As far as Cheek goes, IU is still going after him but there are a lot of longstanding relationships that the coaching staff will have to overcome to land him. Despite the relationship with McLeod, I'd label Cheek as a long shot.

    I really leave the worrying about the scholarship situation up to the coaching staff. Things tend to have their way of working out and I would say after this season if the playing time isn't there for a particular player, you could see a transfer.

  • Disco_Briscoe

    Like taking Jobe's scholarship away. I think Story and Roth maybe guys to watch too.

  • hoosier07

    oh i thought it was the other famous birmingham native who convinced him to come to Indiana…Mike Davis!

    just kidding!!!



    i tested this on my dog . he was at once inspired and intimidated



    i tested this on my dog . he was at once inspired and intimidated