Maurice Watson Jr. Declares for 2016 NBA Draft: Latest Comments and Reaction

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2016

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, file photo, Creighton's Maurice Watson Jr. (10) reacts after scoring during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Xavier in Omaha, Neb. Creighton is getting everything it could have hoped for and more from new Watson, whose career-high 32 points keyed the Bluejays' upset of No. 5 Xavier.  (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
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Creighton guard Maurice Watson Jr. told ESPN's Jeff Goodman on Wednesday that he will declare for the 2016 NBA draft but not hire an agent. 

Watson led Creighton in scoring with an average of 14.1 points per game last season as the Bluejays made the quarterfinals of the NIT. 

Watson transferred to Creighton and became one of the leaders of its offense after two seasons with Boston University from 2012-14. 

Despite his 5'10" stature, he showed that he wasn't afraid to put the ball on the floor and make the aggressive cuts needed to open up the offense. 

Watson also showed he's a dangerous scorer, recording six games with 20 points or more for the Bluejays. 

Watson was able to pair that with his facilitating skills and record three double-doubles with points and assists. Against eventual Big East champions Seton Hall on Jan. 9, Watson put up a season-high 14 helpers in the win. 

At his size, though, he'll need to improve on his three-point game, as he shot just 29 percent from distance in 2015-16. An improved three-point shot will give him an opportunity to stretch his game further and expand his scoring options. 

He might have some trouble getting drafted, though. DraftExpress has Watson as the 70th-ranked junior in the nation but doesn't have him in its list of top 100 overall prospects

With only 60 selections in the entire draft, Watson might be trying to make his way into the league as an undrafted free agent. 

Stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com.

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