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Watts Basketball is proud to have over a dozen of our trainees in College playing basketball! Our players continue to dominate the headlines this year from both College and High School levels. Special Congratulations to our West Seattle High School team for making it to State and Coach Keffrey earning Coach of the Year! We are happy to have had the opportunity to get in the gym this season and get the team prepared for a successful season. We are excited to continue to work with WSHS and can’t wait to see what next year holds.

We are so proud of the hard work our athletes have put in and are excited to share their successes with you. Watts has players from out home community of West Seattle to New Orleans that continue to excel and surpass their own expectations. We dedicate this newsletter to all our high school and college trainees that continue to prove hard work and dedication pays off. Watts Basketball is actively looking for serious players and families that dream of achieving what these individuals have on College and High School levels. If you are serious about doing what it takes to achieve your dreams of playing College basketball Watts is here to get you there.  Inquire here or email info@wattsbasketball.com for more information on College Prep workouts and Evaluations. 

Keep Up With Watts High School and College Trainees- Check out some of our trainee accomplishments this year. More to come! 

Sydney Riley-Portland State University 

  • Named “Player of the Week” two weeks in a row
  • 3rd Team All Conference
  • Leading the Country in field goal percentage for her position

Erik Thomas-University of New Orleans

  • Named Player of the Week in Southland Conference
  • Named Player of the Year in Southland Conference

Tony Miller-Seattle Pacific University 

  • SPU’s second leading scorer and re-bounder
  • Averages 20 points per game
  • 2017 GNAC Freshman of the Year

DJ Fenner-University of Nevada 

  • 2nd Team All Conference

Owen Friend-Overlake High School 

  • Conference Player of the Year
  • Named MVP for 1A Emerald City League

Lewis Pope-South Whidbey High School 

  • 1st Team All Conference
  • Player of the Year Runner Up

Mechelle Nisbet-Chimacum High School 

  • Named Olympic 1A MVP

Abbie Rathbun-Moses Lake High School 

  • 1st Team All Conference
  • Defense Player of the Year


Remembering Kobe Bryant

It’s been one week since the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant but Kobe’s life and legacy will continue to inspire generations for many years to come. This past week the Seattle community really called upon Donald for his thoughts. You…

UW Hoops, The Ongoing Discussion Around Youth Sports Being Professionalized & More

Donald Watts joined Puck & Slick on 1/29/2020. They kick things off discussing the struggles of UW men’s basketball! They bounce back with the discussion that Puck broke down yesterday, Watts years of experience coaching and training youth is a…

Help Your Kids Overcome Distractions & Achieve Their Goals

Donald and Son defending discount

  By Donald Watts This post is all about giving parents the tools to be better sports parents! All parents want their kids to achieve their dreams. Then why does it feel like a battle for our kids to do what’s necessary…

4 Stops to Create Space & Get Your Shot Off

By Donald Watts There are 4 main stops in basketball that every player, who wants to get their shot off and limit turnovers (so everyone??), needs to master! The 4 stops: Jump stop Hockey stop Lunge stop Stride stop Jump…

4 Steps to Expand Your Role This Season

By Donald Watts Mid-season struggles are something that every player, at every level, goes through. Don’t be alarmed it’s normal- but be abnormal in how to attack those struggles! I’m in the gym three nights a week watching my son…

Slick Watts’ Top 5 Tryout Tips

             Tryouts are one of the most exciting and nerve wracking times of the year. Slick Watts knows better than most. He turned an open tryout in front of one of his childhood heroes, Bill Russell,…

3 Tips to Avoiding the Pitfalls of Youth Sports

Making the Most Out of the Youth-Sports Experience “Tournament-itis” is what we have dubbed the sickness that is taking over the normal functioning and happiness of kids and families involved in youth sports today. Symptoms include but are not limited…

Making the Most Out of the Youth-Sports Experience

“Tournament-itis” is what we have dubbed the sickness that is taking over the normal functioning and happiness of kids and families involved in youth sports today. Symptoms include but are not limited to; a lack of consistent effort, loss of…

Coach Watts Featured on the King 5 TV Emmy Awards Video

Donald Watts participated as a panelist in the Northwest Emmy Award-winning series, “Race in Sports” hosted by King 5, and moderated by @JennaHanchard. The show explores how social justice issues shape sports now and throughout history, and how sports can…

Donald Reviews the NBA Finals on Seattle’s Sports Radio KJR 950AM

Audio Starts after 1-minute   NBA Analyst Donald Watts was a special guest on KJR 950 to talk about the NBA Finals. Even Seattle’s best sports radio station knows Donald Watts is a valuable asset in the basketball community. If…