What the Cornhuskers do this season will be interesting to watch up close. Not only was the 2014-15 season nothing short of a pure disappointment, things somehow got worse when the team lost four of their top five scorers to graduation and the pros. But the night is darkest before the dawn, at least for those of us living in a comic book world. With the 2015 freshman class, the dawn is rising and it all starts with point guard, Glynn Watson.
Who: Glynn Watson
What's his story: Watson, a product of class 3A St. Joseph in Illinois, led his high school team to its second state championship (it's first since 1999). Watson comes from a pretty decent basketball lineage, being the third member of his family to play college basketball. His half brother DeAndre McCamey played in college and now coaches the Freshman B team at St. Joesph's and his other half brother is former Illinois guard, Demetri McCamey.
Recruitnik Roundabout: Watson is a four star recruit according to 247Sports Composite, 75th in the nation, 11th at his position and fourth in the state. ESPN agrees with the stars, but has Watson as their 73rd best recruit, 10th at his position and fifth in state. Either way, this is a big coup for Tim Miles and the Nebraska staff who finally seem to have put an end to their point guard problems. With his signing with Nebraska, Watson turned down offers from Creighton, Maryland, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Does he have a social media presence?: Yes! While most of his Twitter seems to revolve around his fandom for LeBron James, he's also big on positive retweets and shout outs. He's also got a mad emoji and hashtag game:
— Glynn Watson (@Glynn_Watson30) June 16, 2015
@Glynn_Watson30 my boy gone already know he gone be da mans because he been the mans since 5th grade. do yo thang shorty
— ROLE PLAYER (@_follow_sunny) June 7, 2015
I wish I could rename this post to Creating da mans featuring Glynn Watson.
Never shy away from the big moment— Glynn Watson (@Glynn_Watson30) June 2, 2015
He, along with a bunch of his Twitter followers, also really enjoy using the corn emoji, which is just fantastic:
Goodluck' to my blood @Glynn_Watson30 as he head to Nebraska today He gone do big things no doubt love ya bro— Prentiss Nixon 1⃣1⃣ (@AyeYooPrentiss_) June 6, 2015
Last thing, as a college graduate with an English major, I was taught to close read every single line of text from William Faulkner to Jane Austen (woof), and there is absolutely something to this retweet:
— Derek Piper (@DerekPiperBSH) May 10, 2015
The bloodline was thick there...and somebody doesn't seem at all to pleased to have been passed by. I can't wait for the first tilt between Nebraska and Illinois. Watson is definitely walking out with a biggest of chips on his shoulder.
What do his former coaches say: From Watson's AAU coach Mike Mullins, via IllWolves.com:
"I think Glynn is one of the top point guards in the country and that’s unanimous by anyone that has seen him play. He has the talent, quickness, intuition, passing ability, ability to stop on a dime and change speeds. That’s why he is one of the top 25 or 30 players in the country."
This will all become very, VERY prevalent soon.
Why should the average Big Ten fan be excited to watch him play?: While his body will surely mature as the season moves on, Watson is the type of player that will shock you with his ball handling and passing abilities. No seriously, get your Vines ready, he'll be making passes you didn't know were possible.
He is a true point guard, that can just so happen fill it up in a pinch. He can get around bigger defenders with flat feet with ease and when he gets into the lane, all bets are off. Help up and Watson's throwing a lob over your head to one of his bigs. Sag back and he has the ability to finish at the rim in a plethora of ways.
He's a contortionist while in the air and a Kyrie Irving clone while on the ground.
Whats says the tape?: Tape up those ankles:
- I just keep wondering what these poor defenders think as Watson sets up one way, only to crush their souls and ankles when he crosses them up. Do you think it's something like, "which way did he go" or something more complimentary perhaps like "dat boy good"? I need answers.
- One more quick thought after Watson's umpteenth crossover highlight: how do you think those kids feel knowing that 30,000 people have watched them get torched by Watson? Are they just happy to be in a Mixtape? Do they want another crack at it? Are they the ones that create YouTube accounts and leave trolling comments?
- Now that is a giant killer. I'm expecting Watson to walk onto campus with an already lethal floater. It just makes sense. It's a weapon any kid that is 5'11" and 160 pounds needs to have in his repertoire.
- For being so small, Watson uses his body as a shield very well when he goes up against bigger defenders. It's why I called him a contortionist above. He slithers into the paint, rises, and bangs around with the paint monsters but continuously shows that he can finish, even at the weirdest angles.
- His passing ability isn't even right. That is all.
- If Watson and another one of his teammates get out on a 2-on-1 fast break, I'd hate to be the defender. Watson is going to make that poor, unfortunate soul look so severely stupid as he shoots off like a canon and baits him to make a split second decision: get crossed up as he waltz in for an easy layup or get dunked on when he throws a pass high into the air at the last possible second.
- Watching Watson split eventual double teams is going to be so much fun. He's got great gamesmanship in his dribbling.
- His set up move is ri-DIC-u-lous. He keeps it just in front of the defenders face so dudes are always trying to swipe at it. The second that they do, well, you watched the tape.
- Watching a player like this is always fun for me. I always want to see what he'll do with the ball in his hands next and when the game is over, I'm always left wanting more. He's mesmerizing to watch. A savant with the rock. A true magician, beating you with slight of hand, distractions, timing and speed.