The camaraderie of the Illinois Wolves summer circuit team is obvious. For a team with plenty of talent looking to earn a college scholarship, it's closer to acting like a group of that plays together everyday.
Glynn Watson certainly loves the atmosphere. He likes that the bench acts more like the notorious “bench mobs” of college teams and is more than happy to cheer for his team when its others turns on the floor.
This was certainly evident at the recent Bill Hensley Memorial Run-N-Slam All-Star Classic at Spiece Fieldhouse as a winning buzzer-beater caused the team to storm the court after it beat the Spiece Indy Heat, and it helped carry the team all the way to the tournament championship.
“I have good chemistry with these guys,” Watson said. “We just all care about each other and on the court we just play our game and try to make each other better. Basically, we don't play selfish. “
It also helps that how close this team has allowed Watson's court vision at the point guard position to reach heights that have plenty of major colleges recruiting him.
"Some teams got guys that just go for total points and that one person, but we got different people scoring double digits every game, and that's a good thing.”
Watson compared the atmosphere to what it would like playing with a college team. It's good preparation for him as he holds offers Purdue, Iowa, Creighton, Marquette, Nebraska and more. The guard from Westchester, Illinois, is 67th in the class of 2015 according Rivals, a national recruiting service, and he wants the same chemistry wherever he eventually plays. For now, he hasn't set a time table for making his decision.
“Just seeing what school fits me and what school I'll be able to play at and a coaching staff (that fits),” Watson said about his recruitment. “I don't really have a top (school), but basically everyone is the same.”
Starting to differentiate between the programs is coming as Watson plans a visit to Creighton and Nebraska in the near future. He also had an in-home visit with the Purdue coaches a few weeks ago. He said the Purdue staff informed him they still wanted him to commit to the Boilermakers and like him at the point guard position.
“I've been there a couple times; it's a good school,” Watson said of Purdue. “I like how he (Matt Painter) runs his team. I like how he coaches, so it's a possibility.”
Going to Purdue would also continue Painter's run with smaller point guards that use their speed and quickness to their advantage. Watson is a sleight 160 pounds, but Painter has shown success utilizing players like that in Lewis Jackson and currently has PJ Thompson about to come on board as a freshman at 155.
Watson adds a superior ability to cut to the lane or find an open passing lane before it develops. It helps he likes getting the assist more than scoring himself, too.
“I know I can shoot a shot, but it depends,” Watson said. “I try to get the person who is going to get the most open look if it can be an easy shot. I don't want to make the tough plays if I can get my teammate the easy shot.”
If Watson can find the same chemistry in college he has with his Illinois Wolves team, there will be plenty of open teammates for him to locate.