April 18, 2011
- Southern Miss head men's basketball coach Larry Eustachy
has announced the signing of Neil Watson (Kansas City, Kan.) to a letter-of-intent and grant-in-aid for the 2011-12 academic year.
Watson, a 5-11 guard, led Coffeyville Community College to a 33-5 record, the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region VI Championship and a seventh-place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament. He averaged 12.7 points, 5.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals.
Watson led the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) in free throw percentage (.878) and assist/turnover ratio (2.93), was fifth in assists and 10th in steals. This past season, Watson was named NJCAA Region VI All-Region Honorable Mention, as well as KJCCC All-Conference Honorable Mention.
Watson came to Coffeyville after redshirting at Toledo during the 2009-10 athletic year.
The Kansas City native played his prep ball at Sumner Academy under head coach Dan Parra, where he lettered for three years. As a senior, Watson averaged 23.3 points, leading Sumner to a 21-3 record, the Kansas City Kansas League and regional championships, and an appearance in the state quarterfinals.
Watson, who was rated the 72nd-ranked point guard by ESPN out of high school, earned Class 4A First Team All-State accolades, as well as being named the Kansas City Kansan's 4A Player of the Year. He was also named 4A Second Team All-State by MaxPreps.com.
He was a career 1,000 point scorer for Sumner, helping the Sabres to consecutive undefeated conference seasons. Watson tallied a career-high 33 points against Washington High School, including hitting eight straight three-point field goals.
As a junior, Watson averaged 17.2 points and 6.5 assists.
Watson joins Dwayne Davis (Philadelphia, Pa.), Keith DeWitt (High Point, N.C.) and Christian Robbins (Foxworth, Miss.) in the Golden Eagles 2011-12 signing class.