If you were looking for some good news regarding the Rhode Island Rams today, you’re in luck. Rhody has received a commitment from Earl Watson, a 6’7″ JuCo power forward with two years of eligibility remaining. Originally from Fort Pierce, Florida, Watson had initially committed to Wichita State over the summer, but de-committed in August of this year. He has been attending Chipola Junior College since graduating high school in 2011. Watson was in attendance to see the Rams stomp Maine this past Friday night, and he was also on campus for most of the day. His visit included a workout that no doubt impressed the URI coaches, with Preston Murphy and the taff securing the commitment in less than a week. ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein was one of the first to report the news via Twitter.
URI has landed a commitment from Earl Watson from Chipola JC. Former Wichita St commit is 6’7 long, strong, & highly athletic.
— Adam Finkelstein (@AdamFinkelstein) November 12, 2013
Watson will enroll at the University of Rhode Island for the spring semester, but will not be eligible to play until the 2014-15 season. The only concern at this point is he academics… Watson did not attend Wichita State because he did not have all his coursework completed in time. But if he can get all that squared away, Watson looks to be a tremendous get for URI. From Kansas.com:
Watson, a junior-to-be from Fort Pierce, Fla., averaged 9.5 points and 6.4 rebounds for Chipola. He committed to WSU in September 2011 and signed in November. He attended Queen City Prep Academy in Charlotte, N.C., for one year after attending Fort Pierce Central High. As a freshman at Chipola, he averaged 6.5 points and 5.3 rebounds while making 57 percent of his shots.
“Earl is a 6-foot-7 freak athlete,” [Chipola coach Patrick] Blake said in November. “He does a great job of dominating the low block. When his defense and rebounding matches his offensive rebounding, he will take his game to the next level.”
Just imagine this kid in the mix with Biruta, Onyekaba, and Martin… sound scary good. Watson will officially sign his letter of intent at some point in the coming week.