Like a few others that made this year’s McDonald’s All-American Game, Trendon Watford had a ton of hype around him entering his high school career. Watford didn’t waste any time as he played 17U on the EYBL with the Alabama Challenge in the summer going into his freshman year. The first impression of Watford was that he was beyond his years skill-wise. It’s rare to see a 6-foot-6 freshman as coordinated he was and with the number of tools Watford possessed. As we mentioned in our player profile on Scottie Lewis previously, it’s hard for some players to live up to expectations when they are as highly touted as Watford was. In some cases, it can be harder for players to live up to their reputation with the number of eyes constantly watching them.
As for Watford, he handled all of this attention very well and finished his AAU and high school career off very nicely. In his final year in the Nike EYBL, Watford averaged 17.2 points, 8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.1 blocks per game for the Georgia Stars. In his final season at Mountain Brook (AL), he averaged 25.2 points, 13 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.2 blocks per game. From a 32 point performance in a huge upset win over IMG Academy at the City of Palms Classic to finishing his career as a three-time state champion, Watford made his mark on the grassroots basketball scene in a big way in his final season.
As of now, we don’t know what is next after high school for Trendon Watford. He announced in December that he is down to four schools in Alabama, Indiana, LSU and Memphis, but one blue blood program made things interesting recently. The Duke Blue Devils recently watched Watford, which definitely stirred things up a bit. The 247 Sports Crystal Ball has Memphis in the lead to land him with 46 percent and Alabama with 23 percent. Like a lot of the uncommitted prospects, Watford’s recruitment is going to be a fun one to follow down the stretch. Watford spoke to Prep Circuit in December about what he would mean to each of the schools recruiting him.
“They have pretty much just talked about how versatile I am with my ability to play multiple positions,” Watford said. “They all tell me that I’m a can’t miss guy for their program with what I can do on the floor.”