Brandon Watts offered by L-R, Pfeiffer
Brandon Watts had a day to remember earlier this week.
A rising senior basketball standout at Weddington High, Watts picked up his first two scholarship offers on Tuesday from Division II programs Lenoir-Rhyne and Pfeiffer University.
After leading the Warriors to the gold medal at the State Games last weekend, Watts was invited by Pfeiffer head coach Jeremy Currier to take a visit to the Misenheimer campus.
"When I was driving to Pfeiffer to take a visit the Lenoir-Rhyne coach called me literally five minutes before I got to Pfeiffer and offered me," said Watts. "Then Pfeiffer offered me at the end of the tour. It's just relieving to know that I can play college basketball now."
Watts said he has no plans to commit anytime soon and wants to explore all of his options before making a choice.
"I probably won't make a decision until after the season," said Watts. "Right now I just want to focus on my senior year of high school."
Watts has scored a combined 510 points over the last two seasons for the Warriors.
As a sophomore in 2011-12, Watts ranked fourth on the team at 6.5 points per game.
Then as a junior in 2012-13, the 6-foot-4 wing led Weddington at 12.2 ppg. He also averaged 5.9 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 1.8 steals.
He played in all 28 games last year and scored in double digits 17 times, including a career-high 22 points in a win over Anson on Jan. 18.
He's motivated more than ever to work on his game this summer.
"I really want to be able to be more consistent with my jump shot and maybe dribble a little better," said Watts. "I know I can get better in those areas."
Watts is one of five starters returning to Weddington's lineup in 2013-14. The Warriors went 17-11 last season and reached the second round of the 3A state playoffs.
Watts said the expectations are high for his senior year.
"This should be one of the best years ever for Weddington basketball," he said. "We could win the conference and win states, too, if we just work hard at it and stay focused."