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Why Watts?

Donald WattsMany basketball organizations place too much emphasis on simply winning games. When gameplay is the sole focus, players avoid testing their new skills and lose sight of teamwork and camaraderie—not a good formula for growth as a player or a person. That’s why young players need coaches who value development; coaches who will stay focused on the big picture. At Watts we’re in it for the long haul. We ask our players to reach for goals that are just beyond their grasp, and help them exceed their own expectations. Through basketball, we teach strength, concentration, tenacity, and enjoyment of the game. We do all this because we believe basketball skills empower personal growth. That’s what makes us Gamechangers. For Life.

Donald Watts, Founder

Recommended by the best


“Slick is one of the forefathers of this game of basketball in Seattle… I became a better player growing up and working with Donald.”
-Jamal Crawford


“[Watts] paved the way for a lot of us in the community… The hard work [Donald] puts into the community and on the court rubs off on people… it’s a blessing.”
-Nate Robinson

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Our World-Class Team


Our approach to player development stems from our years of coaching college and professional players. Donald Watts is a college basketball legend and Slick Watts is an all-time NBA great. The coaches we hire are some of the leading basketball trainers and players in the Northwest.

The Watts Way

We ask our athletes to get out of their comfort zone in order to gain new skills. This breaks bad habits and makes stronger competitors. At Watts we focus on mastering all aspects of the game and giving players skills that will last.

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Jump in at any level

We offer player development based on an athlete’s level, so each player continually feels challenged without feeling overwhelmed. Our Watts classes make it easy to find a program that fits, so that our athletes can experience optimum growth.
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