On Wednesday, Nov. 21, Jordan Watkins knew he was about to make an early-morning phone call. He just couldn’t help himself. The junior guard had awakened around 5 a.m. to attend the Providence Day boys basketball team’s 6 a.m. practice, and all kinds of nervous thoughts had been darting through his mind the whole morning.
Finally, the practice was over, and Watkins decided to dial the number. It was a direct line to Davidson College basketball coach Bob McKillop.
Watkins had decided to make a commitment to play for the Wildcats.
“The morning I called Coach McKillop, I was excited, I was nervous, I didn’t know how he was going to react,” Watkins said. “But he took it well. He was ready to get off the phone and go tell everyone else, so it was a great feeling going to school that day, with everybody congratulating me and everything.”
The 6-foot Watkins averaged a team-leading 17 points per game last season for the Chargers, who opened the 2012-13 season on Nov. 27 with a 59-53 win over SouthLake Christian.
Watkins said he also had scholarship offers from Jacksonville (Fla.), Mercer (Ga.) and UNC Wilmington, and was being recruited by Harvard and Wake Forest. But even though Watkins has two full seasons of high school eligibility remaining, he said committing to Davidson just made sense to him.
“They’ve been recruiting me since my freshman year,” he said. “Since then, they’ve felt like family to me. I got familiar with everyone. And the system they run is very familiar to me because it’s similar to the one they run here at Providence Day. I thought it fit well with what I’m trying to do in college.
“I’m really happy.”