Michigan State starting guard the latest to hit transfer portal
Michigan State starting guard Rocket Watts appears to be looking for a new home outside East Lansing.
247Sports is reporting that Watts has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal and is exploring his options. The guard just completed his second season with the Spartans, helping extend its March Madness streak to 23 consecutive years.
Watts played in all 28 games for Michigan State during the 2020-21 season and was a key part of the team’s success down the stretch. He averaged 7.7 points, 2.7 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game while logging an average of just under 23 minutes per contest.
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Watts saw a dip in his scoring and rebounding production from his freshman year to his sophomore campaign. In his first year with the program, the guard averaged 9 points and 2.3 boards per contest. His assists total increased from 1.7 last year.
In Michigan State’s most pivotal stretch in late February and early March, Watts had two huge performances. In MSU’s 81-72 win over No. 5 Illinois, Watts had 15 points and 5 assists to propel the Spartans to a big win. In the regular season finale against No. 2 Michigan, he had 21 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds in a 70-64 win that essentially locked up the team’s spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Watts scored 9 points, collected 5 rebounds and had 2 assists in Michigan State’s loss to UCLA in the play-in game.
Because the NCAA has granted a blanket waiver to all winter student-athletes, Watts will still have three years of eligibility remaining.