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Posted On: 07/8/18 6:00 PM
Speed at the point guard position is a luxury. It gives the team an option to push pace on both ends. Speed allows the ball-handler to get to certain spots on the floor and attack gaps with explosiveness.
In the 2019 class, Treohn Watkins (2019) is one of the speediest. He doubles as a 5’10”-5’11” point guard and 100-yard dasher at Columbus South. Watkins impresses with his ability to control tempo, defend on-ball, and score it from deep. He’s also finding other ways to use his speed this summer with Miller Factory.
“I’m more of a scoring type of point guard. But I’d like to get my teammates more involved — that’s what I’m trying to work on this summer,” Watkins said.
At the Super 16 towards the end of May, Watkins seemed to be flowing with the Miller Factory 17U team. He was hitting jumpers, moving off-ball, and using his speed in bursts. Instead of running up and down constantly, he often walked it up the court before punishing helpside defenders with the pass.
It was a bright spot and a sign of things to come. But Watkins has a lot of areas he’d like to continue developing.
“Not getting frustrated so quick, finishing at the rim a lot more, getting better at my pull-up,” Watkins said, when asked what he’s focused on improving. “I know the 3 [point shot] is there. Now I’m just trying to get the little things together,” Watkins said.
After the grassroots season, Watkins’ style of play will be a bit different. South, our preseason pick to win the Columbus City League, is loaded with guard talent. In turn, they’ll run a lot — an offensive philosophy that Watkins prefers.
“Most likely we’re just going to get up and down. That’s really how we’ve been since I’ve been here,” Watkins said. “We’re more worried about defense at the end of the day … The offense is going to come.”
Watkins led the team in scoring last season. His responsibility to produce offense won’t change. But during South’s open gyms against other teams during June, it’s become clear to Watkins that his leadership will be important this season.
“We got a lot of young players that haven’t been on the varsity level. So, I got just got to help them step up and play a better role. Just be more vocal,” Watkins said.
Also in June, South travelled to the Findlay team camp. There, he was able to start building a relationship with the host school. The Oilers told Watkins they’d watch him in July in Louisville.
On top of that, Watkins has interest from Shawnee State and Ashland.
Anyone else looking for a dynamic point guard with outside shooting ability and poise can see Miller Factory at the Atlantic City JamFest, Nike Summer Championships, and Louisville JamFest in July.
He carries a 2.5 GPA and scored a 14 on the ACT.