Women's Basketball Adds Watson To Recruiting Class
April 22, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass women's basketball head coach Marnie Dacko has announced the signing of 6-3 center Jasmine Watson. Watson inked her National Letter of Intent to play for the Minutewomen and joins Danielle Montgomery and Shakia Robinson as the team's third member of the Class of 2013.
"This is an exciting recruiting class," said Dacko. "These three players have the basketball skills and athletic ability to help us right away. Jasmine, Danielle and Shakia all have outgoing personalities and they fit in very well with the present members of our team."
Watson is an athletic post player who will come to UMass from South Bend, Ind., where she helped South Bend Washington High School to a 26-1 record in 2008-09 and a No. 2 ranking in the ESPN RISE FAB 50 National Poll under coach Maurice Scott. Watson finished her senior campaign averaging 11.5 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per-game to earn an All-State High Honorable Mention nod from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association and a second team Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association recognition as her team advanced to the Indiana State Championship game.
Prior to her year at South Bend Washington, Watson played at Elkhart Memorial High School where she scored 693 career points, gathered 607 rebounds and registered 191 blocks.
A three-year starter, Watson led Elkhart Memorial in rebounds and blocked shots in each of those seasons, helping the squad win three section titles and finish as a regional runner-up three times. The two-time team MVP was an all-state selection by the ICGSA as a junior and was voted all-conference in both 2006-07 and 2007-08.
Watson played AAU ball with The Indiana Family Elite, coached by Kevin Merriweather and is the daughter of Dameon and Valerie Watson. She was rated as the No. 23-ranked forward by Hoopgurlz.com.
"Jasmine Watson will be a welcome addition to our frontcourt," said Dacko. "She will have an immediate impact on our team, giving us a solid post presence on the block. Jasmine has great hands, but also has the ability to hit 15-foot jump shots with consistency. She is a gym rat who has a real love for the game and will be a great asset for us."
Watson's future teammates, Montgomery and Robinson, also enjoyed successful senior campaigns.
Montgomery is a 5-8 guard out of Bluff City, Tenn., where she was a part of four Big 9 Conference Championships at Tennessee High School under coach Barry Wade. She averaged 14.5 points, 2.8 steals, 3.3 assists and 4.4 rebounds per-game in her final season as her squad reached the TSSAA Elite 8 for the first time in school history and was the Region 1-AAA runner-up and Substate champion.
In 2008-09, she was tabbed the Big 9 Player of the Year for the second time, picked up her third District 1-AAA All-Tournament Team honor and was selected as a member of the Region 1-AAA All-Tournament Team for the second time in her career as a senior. Montgomery scored 23 points to lead her squad to a comeback victory on the road to send Tennessee H.S. to its first ever State Tournament.
A four-year captain and starter, Montgomery was recognized as the Northeast Tennessee Player of the Year by the Bristol Herald-Courier as a junior, while earning All-Northeast Tennessee honors twice from the Bristol-Herald-Courier and three times from the Johnson City Press. Montgomery finished with over 1,700 career points and was the team leader in points, steals and assists as a senior.
The daughter of Cathy and Daniel Montgomery, Danielle played AAU ball with the Nautilus Express out of Virginia, coached by former Memphis player Justin Wimmer.
Robinson is a 6-1 forward who hails from North Wales, Pa., and attends North Penn High School where she was coached by Maggie deMarteleire. As a senior in 2008-09, Robinson averaged 16.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per-game on her way to Third Team All-State Class AAAA honors, was named to the All-Southeastern Pennsylvania third team by the Philadelphia Inquirer and was tabbed the Lansdale Reporter Player of the Year. The two-year captain also took home first team Suburban 1-Continental honors, was selected as her team's MVP and played in the 2009 All-Star Labor Classic.
As a junior, she averaged 17.2 points and 11.4 rebounds per-game and was recognized as the Suburban One League National Division MVP, was a first team all-league selection, while also being named a third team honoree by the Philadelphia Inquirer and Super "10" by The Intelligencer.
In her freshman and sophomore campaigns at Abington Friends School, she was a two-time first team all-league selection and scored a total of 749 points over her two seasons.
The daughter of David and Charlette Robinson, Shakia played AAU ball with the Philadelphia Belles, coached by Kevin Lynch.