Watkins’ son joins MU basketball

Tuesday, August 24, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:07 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

Marcus Watkins, son of Melvin Watkins, Missouri’s new associate head basketball coach, joined the team Monday and is eligible to play the 2004-05 season.

Coach Quin Snyder said in a release that Watkins, a junior, will fit in well with the team. According to Snyder, the 6-foot-4 guard from Texas A&M is a well-rounded player as well as a quality student.

Watkins spent his freshman and sophomore seasons with the Aggies, playing in 55 of 56 games. During his sophomore season, Watkins scored 2.4 points per game and grabbed 1.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 49.1 percent from the field. Watkins scored a career high 13 points against Alabama A&M coming in off the bench. He also had 20 assists and turned the ball over 12 times that season.

Watkins stood out in high school in College Station, Texas, at A&M Consolidated. His senior season, he set the school record for single season scoring with 1,119 points while shooting 64 percent from the field. Watkins twice scored 50 points or more and earned Class 5A All-State honors.

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