C.J. shines at camp
CJ Watson

Posted Apr 10, 2006

A former Tennessee basketball player took a big step last weekend toward continuing his career by putting on a show for NBA scouts at the Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational Tournament.

Point guard C.J. Watson was named to the all-tournament team after leading his team to the finals of an event widely regarded as one of the premier pre-NBA Draft camps.

Watson, who ranks second on UT's all-time lists for career assists (577) and steals (198) ranked third among tournament participants by averaging 16.3 points per game. The 6-foot-2 playmaker shot a strong 56.7 percent from the floor (ninth-best at the tournament) and a sizzling 71.4 percent on 3-pointers (second-best in the tournament).

His best game came in a second-round shootout with Norfolk Sports Club. He hit 8 of 11 from the field and finished with 17 points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 26 impressive minutes.

St. Peter's standout Keydren Clark was tabbed tourney MVP after averaging 19.3 points per game. Also making the all-tournament team were Solomon Jones (South Florida), Jose Juan Barea (Northeastern), Steve Novak (Marquette), Greg Brunner (Iowa), Eric Hicks (Cincinnati), Akin Akingbala (Clemson), Chris Hernandez (Stanford), Daniel Kickert (St. Mary's) and Nick George (Virginia Commonwealth).

Watson, originally from Las Vegas, was recruited by Kerry Keating during the Buzz Peterson era. Watson started all four years he was at UT. He averaged 14.3 points and 4.19 assists per game as a Vol senior, ranking second among SEC players in steals (1.94 per game) and fourth in free-throw percentage (88.9).

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