|Jilin Northeast Tigers|
|Center / Power forward|
August 2, 1977 |
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (211 cm)|
|Listed weight||255 lb (116 kg)|
|Pro playing career||2000–present|
|Formula Shell (2006-07)
Magnolia Beverage Masters (2007-08)
Jiangsu Dragons (2008-10)
Jilin Northeast Tigers (2010-present)
ASU Sports Club (2011)
Leones de Santo Domingo (2011)
Jameel Watkins (born 1977-08-02 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American professional basketball center. Watkins played college basketball for the Georgetown Hoyas during the late 1990s, earning a reputation for his defensive proficiency and shot-blocking skills. Despite signing contracts with four NBA teams throughout his career, Watkins only saw regular season playing time in two games while with the Houston Rockets.
High School career
Watkins led Paul Robeson High School (Brooklyn, NY) to an NYC championship. Watkins was also named to the USA Today All-America Honorable Mention.
Watkins sat out his freshman year and started his career as a sophomore in 1996-97. He recorded a double-double in his first game vs. St. Leo with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Watkins averaged 9.0 minutes per game in playing 27 of 30 games in his first season of playing.
As a junior in 1997-1998, he saw extended time when fellow big men Jahidi White and Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje were sidelined with injuries. He played in all 31 games and made 18 starts, averaging 4.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1 block per game. He also garnered 16 rebounds in one game and also recorded two double-doubles. In his senior season, he led the team with 7.2 rebounds per game in playing all the 31 games. He also averaged 7.8 points and a little less than 2 blocks in 22.7 minutes per game.
Watkins gained a fourth year of athletic eligibility after sitting out as a freshman, he played his last season as a graduate student. Playing in all 34 games with 23 starts, he averaged 4.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.
Watkins made a strong impression at Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, making the PIT All-Tournament Team on 12.3 points, 9.0 rpg and 2.3 blocks per game. He helped his team win the championship by notching 16 points and 11 rebounds in the championship game.
After going undrafted in the 2000 NBA Draft, Watkins became an unrestricted free agent. The Milwaukee Bucks signed Watkins in early October, but waived his contract 24 days later. Before the beginning of the 2002-03 NBA season the Seattle Supersonics signed Watkins, but waived the contract before the season opener. Watkins saw his first NBA playing time after signing with the Houston Rockets in 2003. Watkins played a total of 26 minutes in two games against the Portland Trailblazers, and his former team: the Seattle Supersonics. Watkins was still waived by Houston in October, however. The Charlotte Bobcats would sign Watkins in 2007, but waived his contract shortly thereafter.
Watkins then made his way to China. He averaged 19 points, 13.2 rebounds an 2.8 blocks in 2008-09 season, and 15.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in the recent 2009-10 season. In November, 2010 he signed for Jilin Northeast Tigers. There he averaged 20.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game.