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In Watkins, UAB has a future general

8/21/2012

To me, there’s something special about the relationship between a head coach and his point guard. From Skip Prosser and Chris Paul to Jim Calhoun and Kemba Walker, that bond between the coach on the floor and the coach on the sidelines is special. There’s no doubt in my mind that the first position I’d address if given the chance to be a head coach, would be point guard.

At UAB, Jerod Haase recently had his mind put at ease with the addition of point guard Dayshawn Watkins (Jacksonville, Ark./N. Pulaski). Watkins was drawn to UAB because Haase coached as an assistant for North Carolina.

“We connected because he worked with a few point guards that I really liked like Kendall Marshall, Ty Lawson and Bobby Frasor,” Watkins said. “He always talked about how he could help me. He didn’t promise playing time, but I think I can compete.”

Watkins is going to play early. He won’t be able to help himself. This is one of those guys who picked an appropriate level for success and has plenty of experience to draw upon. Watkins ended his final summer on the circuit with an AAU national championship with the Arkansas Wings.

Dayton, Arizona State and Wichita State also took notice and wanted him, but Haase committed to landing Watkins and made his presence felt during the July evaluation periods.

“The coaching staff, they did a good job. It’s their personality, period. I had a good relationship with the head coach and we had a good relationship. He was front row at Peach Jam and I wanted to be with someone who wanted me," Watkins said.

Don’t be surprised if Haase hands the keys to Watkins and asks him to drive fast and learn quickly at UAB.