Denzel Watts having no problems so far taking over as Carman-Ainsworth’s primary option

Posted: December 16, 2010 by Patrick Hayes in High School

Patrick Hayes | Great Lakes Hoops

Last season, as a freshman starting on a veteran Carman-Ainsworth team that included seasoned seniors Glenn Cosey, Demondre Chapman and Jaylen Larry, Denzel Watts sometimes go lost in the shuffle.

It wasn’t that Watts wasn’t fully capable of playing at a high level. He was, and had several big games last season. But Watts, known for being an unselfish passer on the court, often deferred to those teammates who were used to carrying the load offensively for the Cavs.

This season so far, Watts has clearly been C-A’s go-to player. Check out the stats:

– 24 of Carman-Ainsworth’s 44 points in a win over Clarkston Wednesday, along with four steals.

– 19 points in a near-disastrous win over Howell in which Carman-Ainsworth had to recover from only scoring nine points in the first half.

– 20 points in a season-opening win over Grand Blanc.

Three games, three wins for the Cavs and three games in which Watts has led the team in scoring. Watts was a bit inconsistent as a freshman, but so far this season, he looks like he’s not only comfortable at the varsity level, but comfortable as the primary offensive option on his team.

Watts’ play has been especially big for Carman-Ainsworth because their other key returnee, Anton Wilson, has scored in double figures in only one of three games so far. Once Wilson gets it going, Carman-Ainsworth should be an intriguing team to watch.

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