Who is Maurice Watson Jr.?

Who is Maurice Watson Jr.?

A name unfamiliar to many Illinois fans a month ago is one they are quickly becoming accustomed to hearing.

Maurice Watson Jr., the former Boston University point guard, is reportedly set to have an in-home visit with Illinois on Friday.


Watson, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound point guard, would have two seasons of eligibility left at whatever school he decides to transfer to.

Whatever school winds up with the Philadelphia native will have a player who has proven himself in Patriot League and the America East Conference.

Watson led Terriers last winter in scoring (13.3 points), assists (7.1) and steals (2.1).

His assist totals ranked third in the country this past season. Illinois coach John Groce saw his passing skills first-hand.

Watson scored only seven points but finished up with 12 assists during the Illini's 66-62 win at Boston on March 19 in the first round of the NIT.

Watson — a third-team America East All-Conference pick his freshman year before he was a first-team Patriot League All-Conference selection this past season during Boston's first season in the Patriot League — is reportedly being courted by Illinois, Creighton, Drexel, Kansas, Penn State, Purdue, Temple, Vanderbilt and Xavier.

Watson's Twitter account (@ReeceWatson10) reports that he will visit Creighton this weekend.

The Class of 2012 prospect committed to Boston early in his senior year of high school at the Boys' Latin School in Philadelphia.

He was a three-star recruit who also had offers from Hofstra, La Salle, Long Beach State, Niagara, Northeastern, Quinnipiac and Texas Tech.


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