When Jadyn Watson starting realistically thinking about playing basketball on the college level, she wanted one with a strong family atmosphere, both on campus and the hoops squad.
Well, the Morris Catholic High School hoops star said she has found one the form of San Jose State, as today she verbally committed to the Division I women’s basketball program outside the Denville, NJ, school, with family, friends, and teammates in attendance.
“I’m happy that everything is done,” said Watson, who wants to study chemistry in college, and possibly become a high school chemistry teacher in the future. “I just really like the coaching staff and it felt like a family.
After transferring from Hudson Catholic for her junior year, Watson let her coach, Billy Lovett, know that she was very interested in playing college basketball on the West Coast, another important reason she said for committing to San Jose State. So, he diligently went to work to make her desire a reality.
“I’m really happy for Jadyn,” Lovett said. “After she transferred in, we spoke about her wanting to play on the West Coast and if I could reach out to schools out there on her behalf.”
Watson, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound stretch-four senior, had several D-I offers, including Florida Atlantic, Delaware, UIC, Northeastern, Hartford, UMass-Lowell, among others.
Watson, a New Jersey resident who lived in the Bronx and now plays AAU ball for the Riverside Hawks NY, suited up for the Lady Crusaders last season, dropping in an impressive 438 points and grabbing 292 rebounds in 27 games.
— Jerry Del Priore