Mark ‘Rocket’ Watts is an elite student-athlete currently attending Allen Academy in Detroit, Michigan. The 6’1 combo-guard is one of the best freshman in the Midwest, and is already receiving heavy interest from several high major programs. Making the move to The Family on the AAU circuit this Spring, Mark already has college coaches raving about his playmaking and shooting ability as a Freshman.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congratulations on the successful debut with The Family on the AAU circuit, can you tell us how things are going for the team and for you individually?
MW: I believe things really looking up for the team, and as for me it was great especially playing with a group of talented guys, they really accepted me and we gelled well together.
Rocket Watts with 26 pts and Romeo Weems with 21 pts, 18 rebs, & 7 blks in win for Family 15s
— The Family (@TheFamily_bball) May 1, 2016
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
MW: I play my game at a smooth pace never too fast or never too slow…right now I’m a combo guard who wants to transition into a true PG before I get to college. As for my game, I can score at all 3 levels, but really like to shoot the deep ball.
2019 guard Rocket Watts is so hard to defend. He can shoot or just blow right by you for 2
— The Family (@TheFamily_bball) April 30, 2016
EM: How often do you work on your game?
MW: I play basketball everyday, and get in skill development and drill work 3 times a week. I understand to get to the next level I have to work hard on my skill development and put in the time and effort to get to the level where I want to be.
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
MW: I really like math that is my favorite subject in school.
EM: Any career/job interests outside of basketball?
MW: I want to study Business, but i still have time, so that might change.
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered?
MW: Oakland University & Coach Kampe have offered
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t offered yet?
MW: I have received a lot of interest from Xavier, Detroit, Michigan & Michigan State
— Allen Academy Hoops (@AACADEMYHOOPS) September 19, 2015
EM: Any visits or team camps lined up in the near future?
MW: No visits planned right now, but I’m sure they will be coming…but we are scheduled to play in Detroit, Michigan State and Oakland team camps in June.
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
MW: My personal goal is is to graduate high school, gain a college degree, and become the best basketball player I can possibly be. Education is important for me, so if basketball doesn’t workout i can still provide for my family.
See Below for Rocket’s High School Highlights: