Video: Trendon Watford interview at Nike EYBL Session Two

  • 05/02/2018 7:39 pm in

WESTFIELD, Ind. – Class of 2019 Mountain Brook (Ala.) five-star forward Trendon Watford was visited twice this spring by the Indiana coach staff and is off to a strong strong for the Georgia Stars on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) circuit.

Inside the Hall caught up with Watford last weekend for a few updates on his recruitment, his thoughts on Indiana and more. Watch the full interview below:

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  • Christian Hamm

    Any chance his brother influences his decision? While he will want him to make his own choice, it would be hard not to be pushing for IU.

  • Arch Puddington

    I just read an article in which his dad said Christian has had and will have major influence on the process. He also said Christian “bleeds” cream and crimson. Also said they were really impressed with Archie, and that Romeo’s decision was notable to them. Nothing definitive, naturally, but about as encouraging as we could hope for.

  • for whom the balls roll

    I could barely hear him (and the questions) because of the background noise, but thanks to ITH’s efforts. Busy recruiting season!

  • inLinE6

    It’s interesting that albeit being highly ranked, Trendon has not been heavily courted by most other traditional bluebloods. I think it probably comes down to 2-way race between IU and Bama. It’s a judgement call between a familiar environment vs. close to home. His recruitment should be simple. Other power programs probably don’t want to waste too much time for a chance slim to none.

  • inLinE6

    I think it’s more about the coach and the system than record. After the national championship run, Roy Williams’ first recruiting visit was to Langford (within 3 days), but UNC didn’t get very far. For elite players, they themselves should bring the performance, which is not necessarily dictated by last year’s record. With that said, I think we will have a 24+ win season.

  • inCMitrust

    Agree to a point. Record is not the the end all, but if Avery doesn’t start succeeding he will lose momentum. We know what that is about. Romeo’s many interviews show that these kids are very much in tune with coaches reps for development and getting kids to the next level. I’m not sure when Watford plans on committing but I hope he waits so he can see IU’s teams performance next year.

  • inCMitrust

    Avery so far is getting some good press, but I’m not sure that the hype meets the on court product. I’m guessing that the performance of this years teams could be a big influence in Trendon’s choice.

  • timamac

    Get Watford, Brooks Jr., Davis, and Gillis… Bam!

  • HOOSIERS76!

    Thanks for that insight, Arch. Really good to know. I feel much better about our chances now, especially if we have a great season which I truly expect we will.

  • Arch Puddington

    Coaches can and do continue getting elite talent even when their long-term record is lousy. Lorenzo Romar sent 16 players to the pros, including 7 first rounders in his last 6 years, a stretch during which he had no winning seasons and did not make the NCAA tournament. And for all that he still landed Michael Porter, Jr., the #1 or #2 prospect in his class, the year they finally fired him. (And yes, I know he hired Porter’s dad…). Steve Alford has three of the top 47 recruits this year despite no conference titles, no conference tournament titles, and just two trips to the tournament in the last three years. “Fire Steve Alford” banners are now flown annually over Pauley Pavilion, yet still the recruits come.

    On the other hand, there are coaches who have records of extended success, but who still don’t draw in elite recruits (or not as often as their record might suggest). Bo Ryan comes to mind, and even John Beilein. All in all good coaches are more likely to get top talent than mediocre ones do, but the formula is more complicated than that.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Agreed but coaches like Bo Ryan don’t always chase top talent. They find the solid 4 year guys and diamonds in the rough to fit in their system. I think Nigel Hayes may have been Bo’s highest ranked recruit.

  • inCMitrust

    With Alford it has gotta be the cheerleaders.

  • HoosierEconomist

    Watford’s teammate Kira Lewis doesn’t look so bad himself either.

  • John D Murphy

    We will need a guard.

  • YoungHoosier

    Let’s say we get 2 of the 3 (TJD, KB, TW), which would you all prefer?

  • for whom the balls roll

    DJ Carton?

  • John D Murphy

    I liked all three of the guards posted on here a few weeks ago. Archie is batting 1000 right now so I’ll trust him. I was just commenting that the 19 class will need at least 1 guard. Maybe not, I always think of Anderson as a wing but maybe he can play guard.

  • for whom the balls roll

    We also just offered Tyrell Terry. I’m guessing he’s more of a backup.

  • BannersOnTheWall

    I’d love all three, but give me WatShot 2.0 and TJD if I can only have two. Hoosier and Pacer lineage!

  • sarge

    Christian sent out a tweet after we offered Lewis for Hoosiers to show Kira some love. Christian Watford still helping IU win after all these years. How awesome is that guy?!!

  • Benhyoung14

    Also said that at one point IU was his home away from home. Home away from home + Archie + CWat = TW commitment. Book it. There’s a reaseon UK, Duke, and UNC aren’t recruiting him.

  • gokartmozart89

    I haven’t checked, but does he have an offer from UGA? I could see Crean taking a shot, and the family obviously knows him.

  • inLinE6

    He has not yet. Weird, huh? And he wasn’t offered by Crean at IU either. But that was still way early to offer 2019 class, I understand that. And now it may be too late for Georgia to jump in. I don’t know.

  • inLinE6

    That’s a nice summary. You gotta wonder what’s behind the scene.

  • inLinE6

    Don’t you think he would have loved to have elite talent if he could?

  • Hoosier Hall

    Not sure. It felt like he recruited very specific guys and didn’t want any primadonnas.

  • inLinE6

    That’s the result. Just like Matt Painter, pursue the same kids as us but higher talents generous don’t go there. So they have to have backup plan, and always ended up going with the backup. Time after time they have to readjust their strategy and only offer those they have a shot. Recruiting is rich man’s game – there’s not unlimited resources. Their recruiting budget was about half of ours. We boast Big 10’s most budget on recruiting every year, although we only got 2nd or 3rd tier talents while CTC was here. But I don’t really blame him, because he plays clean.