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Trendon Watford is one of the top prospects still on the board in the class of 2019. The Mountain Brook (A.L.) forward has taken two official visits thus far to Memphis and LSU and has one planned for Alabama in January. Right now, Watford’s focus is on this high school season and he and his teammates have gotten off to a good start.
“It’s going pretty good, we just beat a nationally ranked team in Olive Branch with D.J. Jeffries,” said Watford. “We have a great team with good players and some new additions that will help our team. We have some big events coming up like City of Palms, an event in South Dakota and some more events. I feel like we are going to be pretty good.”
The focus for Watford heading into this season has been making his jump shot more consistent.
“This offseason I just really focused on improving my jump shot and I felt like I could have improved from my time in AAU,” Watford said. “Starting off this season I’m shooting it a lot better from three and that is pretty much the thing I wanted to improve on the most. I also just want to keep getting more athletic for the next level.”
His first official visit was to Memphis in October where he grew closer with the coaching staff and players.
“That was a good pretty good visit, it was my first time on campus with the players,” he said. “It was great to see all of the fans and I just got a lot more comfortable around the coaches.”
“Obviously I have a strong relationship with Coach Mike Miller with him being around me since I was six or seven years old,” said Watford. “Being around Coach Hardaway and the whole coaching staff is great and I’ve continued to get closer with them. I’ve played with James Wiseman a little bit this summer and D.J. Jeffries in camps. They pretty much hit me up every day to see where my mind is at.”
His most recent official visit was to LSU in early November. Watford liked getting the opportunity of seeing what has made them successful this season.
“LSU was a great visit, it was my first time on campus there,” Watford said. “Being around all of the players was great and it was cool to see how they operate. I liked how they ran their offense and more. They are also a top 25 caliber this year so they are very talented.”
“I have a strong relationship with Coach Bill Armstrong and I’ve known Coach Wade for a little while as well so I have a good relationship with those guys,” he said.
He has set an official visit to Alabama for January 4th and is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces.
“They are great people over there and I’m looking forward to a great visit,” said Watford. “I love being around all of those guys and I’ve grown up with some of them. Being around all of them again is going to be great.”
He doesn’t have any other visits set, but an SEC and ACC program could each receive one in the near future.
“I just have these three visits set for now,” he said. “I think I’ll do a Vanderbilt visit soon and probably Florida State. I don’t have a set date yet because I’m still in the middle of the high school season.”
Watford will cut down his list sooner than later but plans on taking his time with his decision.
“I’ll probably cut my final list soon, maybe in the next month or so,” said Watford. “I’m not sure as far as my final decision, but I’m pretty sure I am still going to sign late.”
All of the colleges recruiting him have been specific in telling him what he will add to their programs.
“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.”
Noah Hutchins, a class of 2019 PG from The Park School (NY), has picked up an offer from UC Riverside.