Mitchell Watt (basketball)

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Mitchell Watt
No. 50 – Juvecaserta Basket
Position Power forward / Center
League Serie A
Personal information
Born (1989-12-14) December 14, 1989 (age 27)
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Desert Edge (Goodyear, Arizona)
College Buffalo (2008–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Undrafted
Playing career 2012–present
Career history
2012–2013 Hapoel Gilboa Galil
2013–2014 Ironi Nes Ziona
2014 Santa Cruz Warriors
2014–2015 Ironi Nes Ziona
2015–2016 Alba Berlin
2016 Ironi Nes Ziona
2016–present Juvecaserta Basket
Career highlights and awards

Mitchell Watt (born December 14, 1989) is an American professional basketball player who plays for JuveCaserta of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A. He played college basketball for the University at Buffalo, where he was an All-American and Mid-American Conference (MAC) player of the year.

College career[edit]

Watt, a 6'10" forward-center from Desert Edge High School in Goodyear, Arizona, came to Buffalo to play for coach Reggie Witherspoon. After cracking the starting lineup as a freshman in 2008–09, Watt established himself as one of the top defensive players in the MAC, earning the nickname sWatt. As a sophomore, Watt battled Guillain–Barré syndrome, which limited his effectiveness.[1] His role was largely as a rebounder and defensive stopper his first three years. As a junior, he averaged 8.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocked shots per game.

As a senior, Watt continued his strong defensive play, but also nearly doubled his scoring output. He averaged 16.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.2 blocks per game. He led the Bulls to a 12-4 MAC record and was named conference player of the year[1] and an AP honorable mention All-American.[2] For his career, Watt scored 1,061 points (8.3 per game), 565 rebounds (4.4 per game) and 195 blocks (1.5 per game). At the end of his career, Watt was invited to play in the Reese's College All-Star Game at the 2012 Final Four.

Professional career[edit]

2012–13 season[edit]

In April 2012, Watt participated in the pre-NBA Draft Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, where he set the tournament record for blocked shots with 13.[3]

After going undrafted in the 2012 NBA draft, Watt joined the Memphis Grizzlies for the 2012 NBA Summer League.[4] On August 2, 2012, he signed a one-year deal with Hapoel Gilboa Galil of the Israeli Basketball Super League.[5]

2013–14 season[edit]

In July 2013, Watt joined the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2013 NBA Summer League. On August 18, 2013, he signed a one-year deal with Ironi Nes Ziona.[6]

2014–15 season[edit]

In July 2014, Watt joined the Golden State Warriors for the 2014 NBA Summer League. On September 2, 2014, he signed with the Warriors.[7] However, he was later waived by the Warriors on October 24, 2014.[8] On November 3, 2014, he was acquired by the Santa Cruz Warriors as an affiliate player.[9] On December 22, 2014, he left Santa Cruz and signed with his former team Ironi Nes Ziona of Israel for the rest of the season.[10]

2015–16 season[edit]

On July 6, 2015, Watt was announced as a member of the Toronto Raptors roster for the 2015 NBA Summer League.[11] On August 16, he signed with Alba Berlin of the Basketball Bundesliga.[12] He parted ways with Berlin in March 2016.[13]

2016–17 season[edit]

In August 2016, Watt signed with JuveCaserta of the top Italian league, Serie A.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Mitchell Watt Named Mid-American Conference Player of the Year". Buffalo.edu. March 6, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mitchell Watt Earns AP All-America Honorable Mention Honors". ubbulls.com. March 26, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ "UB's Watt Finishes Strong at Portsmouth Invitational". WGRZ.com. April 14, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bulls Watt to attend NBA Summer League with Memphis". WKBW.com. June 29, 2012. Retrieved July 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Gilboa/Galil tabs rookie Mitchell Watt". Sportando.com. August 2, 2012. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ironi Nes Ziona announced Tyler Honeycutt and Mitchell Watt". Sportando.com. August 18, 2013. Retrieved August 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Warriors Sign Aaron Craft, James Michael Mcadoo & Mitchell Watt to Contracts". NBA.com. September 2, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Warriors Waive Craft, Kapono, Kilpatrick, Mcadoo and Watt". NBA.com. October 24, 2014. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Santa Cruz Warriors Announce 2014 Training Camp Roster". NBA.com. November 3, 2014. Archived from the original on November 9, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Mitchell Watt returns to Ironi Nes-Ziona". Sportando.com. December 22, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Raptors Announce NBA Summer League Roster". NBA.com. July 6, 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Alba Berlin announces Mitchell Watt". Sportando.com. August 16, 2015. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Vertrag mit Mitchell Watt einvernehmlich aufgelöst". Alba Berlin. Retrieved 2016-03-04. 
  14. ^ "JuveCaserta lands Mitchell Watt, ex Ironi Nes-Ziona". Eurobasket.com. August 12, 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 

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