Carman-Ainsworth’s Denzel Watts is part of the talented crop of Flint area sophomore point guards that also includes Monte Morris (Beecher), Richie Lewis (Northern) and Cullen Turczyn (Lapeer West). Watts is having a fantastic season, averaging more than 20 points per game, and his mix of size and quickness is garnering high major interest. He recently talked to UM Hoops about his college prospects:
Which schools have been contacting you? Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, USC, Florida State, Dayton University. Those are the major ones.
Which coaches have been talking to you from Michigan? Coach Beilein and Coach Bacari.
The thing I like best about this group of sophomores is that they have really diverse games. Watts is an efficient playmaker who can score mid-range, shoot the three and he’s great at absorbing contact and finishing. Morris is one of the smartest players I’ve seen in high school, he’s as efficient a scorer as there is and with his work ethic, he’s just going to keep improving. Lewis can shoot the three, handle the ball and his confidence on the court makes him really fun to watch. Turczyn might be the least well known, playing at West, but he can really play. He helped West upset Fenton by controlling the game and taking care of the ball. Fenton couldn’t pressure him. West isn’t having a good season but Turczyn and fellow sophomore Zeshawn Parker-Jones are a handful every night.
Whatever negativity there is surrounding Flint basketball right now, it’s time to put it aside. There are a lot of talented kids in the Flint area. There are a lot of coaches who care deeply about what they’re doing. Arguing what coaches are better, what players are better, what eras are better, that stuff does nothing but divide. Every school has challenges. Focusing on what divides ultimately takes attention away from where it should be: on some very talented basketball players in and around Flint who, if they continue to work on getting better both on the court and in the classroom, have a chance to do special things with their lives.
— By Patrick Hayes | Great Lakes Hoops