Panthers Guard Can Be Promising Player

Panthers Guard Can Be Promising Player

Reporter Mike Sullivan thinks Josh Watkins can be a solid player ...

As we approach Memorial Day weekend, the skills of many high school players will be tested over the next couple of months. The month of July is the real important one for such players like Wadleigh School guard Josh Watkins.

At 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, Watkins has done a nice job in shedding some weight and gaining more footspeed. But it will be his play in the next few months that will determine how much recruiting interest there is in his skills.

Panthers program director Gary Charles is a man who backs his players 100 percent. So Watkins at least will have some tremendous support there.

But, ultimately, it will be up to Watkins to stay out of foul trouble and be an impact player this spring and summer for the New York Panthers.

At times, Josh has been impressive, especially when he played for his high school team this season. He has the ability to dribble-drive to the basket and either score or set up open teammates for easy baskets.

It's likely the low to mids will take a serious look at Josh during the summer. The Panthers are hoping that Watkins can aid a program that decided this year to shy away from big individual names and focus on putting a team together to produce wins and tournament titles. Watkins is needed to step up at the guard position to make it happen.

If he does, he will be rewarded with offers.

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