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Topic:  2016 6'4" SG Ibi Watson (Athens HS) - Ohio Offer

Topic:  2016 6'4" SG Ibi Watson (Athens HS) - Ohio Offer
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  Message Not Read  2016 6'4" SG Ibi Watson (Athens HS) - Ohio Offer
   Posted: 2/14/2014 5:29:42 PM 
Arkley has tweeted a lot about this guy, so here is a link to a story about him.

Last Edited: 2/14/2014 5:30:12 PM by ohio9704

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  Message Not Read  RE: 2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 2/16/2014 9:09:05 AM 
This guy is at the Athens rec almost every day.
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 2/17/2014 7:41:38 PM 
I will be seriously bummed if both he and Burrow end up elsewhere.


Can somebody hit a pull up jumper for me?.....

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  Message Not Read  RE: 2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 2/17/2014 8:32:36 PM 
Ohio69 wrote:
I will be seriously bummed if both he and Burrow end up elsewhere.



Agreed, although if they left it would be completely understandable.  I know when I was 18 the last place I wanted to go to college was home where I lived.
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 2/17/2014 10:12:03 PM 
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Agreed, although if they left it would be completely understandable.  I know when I was 18 the last place I wanted to go to college was home where I lived.


That may be true, but think of it this way: Home for you wasn't Athens. Also, I'm a current student and while I didn't want to go to college in my hometown, I wanted to be pretty close and other than OU, there is nowhere other than community colleges close. So you never know what they may consider.
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 2/18/2014 8:56:58 AM 
Mark Lembright '85 wrote:
Ohio69 wrote:
I will be seriously bummed if both he and Burrow end up elsewhere.



Agreed, although if they left it would be completely understandable.  I know when I was 18 the last place I wanted to go to college was home where I lived.


Good point.  I sure left home for OHIO.  I guess if a top Big 5 conference team offers they should take it.  But, I would hope that OHIO would win out over bottom dwelling Big 5 teams and all other mid-majors.  But, that is selfish of me.





Can somebody hit a pull up jumper for me?.....

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  Message Not Read  RE: 2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 2/19/2014 7:12:33 AM 
We do not have permission to use that photo.

Last Edited: 2/19/2014 8:21:31 AM by Ted Thompson


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  Message Not Read  RE: 2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 2/19/2014 7:18:59 AM 
Sectional Semifinal stats from the Athens Messenger.  Burrow and Watson have put up some good numbers this year.  Both appear to be potential D1 prospects in Basketball.  It will be exciting to see how far they can go this year and next.

Athens 53, Marietta 34

Marietta;3;9;13;9;—;34

Athens;10;7;11;25;—;53

MARIETTA 34 (9-13)

Jonathan Wood 3 1-3 7, Zach Labarre 3 0-0 6, Garrett Betram 0 0-0 0, Dylan Sturm 0 0-0 0, Adam Gearhart 1 0-0 3, Justin Hammons 0 0-0 0, John Henry 0 0-0 0, Reese Holt 0 0-0 0, Connor Beavers 0 0-0 0, Braden Riley 4 1-4 9, Jesse Wharff 0 0-0 0, Corey Hill 3 1-2 9; TOTALS 14 3-9 34; 3-point goals — Three (Hill 2, Gearhart 1).

ATHENS 53 (17-3)

Joe Burrow 6 1-2 15, Ryan Luehrman 4 1-2 9, Zacciah Saltzman 2 0-0 5, Ibi Watson 6 9-9 22, Kaliq Carr 1 0-0 2, Sam Vander Ven 0 0-0 0, Griffin Lutz 0 0-0 0, Evan Cooley 0 0-0 0, Johnny Buck 0 0-0 0, Adam Luehrman 0 0-0 0; TOTALS 19 11-13 53; 3-point goals — Four (Burrow 2, Saltzman 1, Watson 1).

TEAM STATISTICS/INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Field goals — Marietta 14-51 (.275), 3-point 3-18 (.167); Athens 19-42 (.452), 3-point 4-10 (.400); Free throws — Marietta 3-9 (.333), Athens 11-13 (.846); Rebounds — Marietta 35 (Wood 10), Warren 28 (Burrow 10); Assists — Marietta 4 (Beavers 2), Athens 8 (Lutz, Adam Luehrman 2 each); Steals — Marietta 1, Athens 5 (Lutz 2); Blocks — Marietta 2, Athens 9 (Ryan and Adam Luehrman 4 each); Turnovers — Marietta 11, Athens 5; Team fouls — Marietta 13, Athens 12.


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  Message Not Read  RE: 2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 2/19/2014 8:59:55 PM 
have to agree with Arkley that Athens v. Warren Local game at Logan Friday should be top notch.  I'm almost tempted to drive down to The Hilltop, but afraid I'd find the game sold out...
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 2/21/2014 9:02:41 AM 
brucecuth,
      I have an extra ticket for the Athens Warren game tonight if you want it.  Have you heard where the French kid from Warren is being recruited.  Lots of comparisons to Kretzer from Waverly who ended up at Akron.
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 2/21/2014 11:24:04 AM 
Evan French has signed with NCAA Div. II West Liberty, one of the top 10 Div. II programs in the country.
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 2/21/2014 6:08:14 PM 
Jeff McKinney wrote:
Evan French has signed with NCAA Div. II West Liberty, one of the top 10 Div. II programs in the country.


It's a good fit for him.  West Liberty (known in the Valley back in the day as the high school on the hill) has a high glaze offensive system where they shoot first and ask questions later.  They are a fast paced offense with a shot going up every fifteen seconds or less.


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  Message Not Read  RE: 2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 2/25/2014 3:49:43 PM 
What is a bummer is I do believe Watson is heading to Akron over the summer to play on the King James AAU team. This info came from an interview with Athens head coach Jeff Skinner while doing a show on 970WATH.

I hate to think Watson will spend all summer in Akron right underneath Dambrot's nose - the Zips already bring a legion of fans from Waverly every time Akron plays Ohio at the Convo ... If they sign Watson, I'm guessing the Athens folk will be put in a quandary when the two square off at the Round House on Richland.
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 2/25/2014 4:53:51 PM 
Shaq of the MAC wrote:
What is a bummer is I do believe Watson is heading to Akron over the summer to play on the King James AAU team. This info came from an interview with Athens head coach Jeff Skinner while doing a show on 970WATH.

I hate to think Watson will spend all summer in Akron right underneath Dambrot's nose - the Zips already bring a legion of fans from Waverly every time Akron plays Ohio at the Convo ... If they sign Watson, I'm guessing the Athens folk will be put in a quandary when the two square off at the Round House on Richland.


No doubt, Shaq. Just like the Schott was full of Michigan fans last year when the Wolverines visited because of Trey Burke and Carris LeVert.
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 2/25/2014 4:56:37 PM 
Playing for King James AAU doesn't make me think he is anywhere near a lock for Akron. Yes, Dambrot has good ties to Lebron and that team. That is a benefit for them, but nothing more.

It isn't like Christian and the Ohio program doesn't have great ties to NEO. For all the complaints about Akron coming into SEO (even though Waverly is 1 hour from Athens) Akron fans could make a similar complaint about Ohio going into areas within an hour of their school. We have plenty of ties up there. Pulled Reggie Keely from Greater Cleveland. Sonny Johnson is a very important coach up there. Christian recruited endless kids from the region while at Kent.

In Watson's 2016 class, we are already recruiting a couple NEO kids hard. Not to mention Central Ohio kids. We have a shot on Watson like any other recruit in-state.


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  Message Not Read  RE: 2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 2/27/2014 4:09:34 PM 
Also on that note Jon Smith played for King James AAU and it wouldn't surprise me if some other Ohio guys have as well.

Last Edited: 2/27/2014 4:10:00 PM by The Optimist


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  Message Not Read  RE: 2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 2/27/2014 8:11:20 PM 
oldkatz wrote:
Jeff McKinney wrote:
Evan French has signed with NCAA Div. II West Liberty, one of the top 10 Div. II programs in the country.


It's a good fit for him.  West Liberty (known in the Valley back in the day as the high school on the hill) has a high glaze offensive system where they shoot first and ask questions later.  They are a fast paced offense with a shot going up every fifteen seconds or less.


They are averaging 106 ppg this season.  Last I checked, they were 23-2.  Have been in the Div. II Elite Eight two seasons lately.  Good coaching staff.
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 2/28/2014 10:18:00 AM 
The Optimist wrote:
Also on that note Jon Smith played for King James AAU and it wouldn't surprise me if some other Ohio guys have as well.


The only other player listed amongst their alumni as an Ohio player is Jarryd Tribble.  If he did play for us I don't remember him at all.

http://www.neobasketball.com/original.php


What kind of AAU opportunities are available to players in SE Ohio? 

Last Edited: 2/28/2014 10:21:10 AM by OUVan

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  Message Not Read  RE: 2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 2/28/2014 1:34:19 PM 
Burrow played for an AAU team out of Chillicothe. I believe they practiced at Southeastern High School on Rt. 50 past Vinton County/McArthur.

There is the Ohio Valley Hidden Gems, which is in the Belpre/Marietta area.
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 2/28/2014 1:37:51 PM 
OUVan wrote:
The Optimist wrote:
Also on that note Jon Smith played for King James AAU and it wouldn't surprise me if some other Ohio guys have as well.


The only other player listed amongst their alumni as an Ohio player is Jarryd Tribble.  If he did play for us I don't remember him at all.

http://www.neobasketball.com/original.php


What kind of AAU opportunities are available to players in SE Ohio? 



Well, you know the trouble with Tribbles.
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 2/28/2014 3:04:39 PM 
Jeff McKinney wrote:

Well, you know the trouble with Tribbles.


Well played Mr. McKinney but, of course, you are showing your age with that one.
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  Message Not Read  2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 3/3/2014 8:46:43 PM 
Needs a lot of improvement if he is to become a D1 player!

Last Edited: 4/1/2014 9:27:54 PM by Bobcat-7.0

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  Message Not Read  RE: 2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 4/7/2014 8:20:46 AM 
Saw him in the community center a few weeks ago raining threes and throwing down.  Of course he was being guarded by a 10-year old...
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 4/7/2014 7:09:39 PM 
Lol he's only like 14-15 right?
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  Message Not Read  RE: 2016 Ibi Watson 6' 4" SG/SF Athens High Schoolth
   Posted: 4/16/2014 1:30:27 PM 
Ibi is rated by one as the 5th best shooting guard in Ohio for the class of 2015.

Last Edited: 4/16/2014 1:31:57 PM by BillyTheCat

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