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4-Star guard Rocket Watts includes Michigan in top 8

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Michigan missed out on 5-star DJ Carton, but has a great backup plan.

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After the disappointment of losing out on 5-star recruit DJ Carton, the hope is alive again in Michigan.

4-star combo guard Mark “Rocket” Watts announced on Twitter this weekend his top eight schools, and Michigan made the list.

Among other schools listed were Michigan State, Louisville, Florida State, UConn, Xavier, Oregon and Missouri. The tweet has since been deleted.

At 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, Watts averaged 26.8 points, six assists and 5.5 rebounds in high school last year, leading the Old Redford to the best record (18-6) in its program history, according to 247Sports.

He also played on the U.S. U-18 squad in the 2018 FIBA Americas, leading the team to a gold medal in a 113-74 win over Canada.

As a result of his busy summer, the Michigan native saw his ranking rise tremendously, making him a top 100 prospect in the 2019 class at No. 35. He’s also the No. 1 prospect in Michigan.

The Wolverines have a lot to offer Watts. Head coach John Beilein has the successful track record of really developing guards and preparing them for the next level. Watts can benefit from working with an organization that specializes in letting guards play off the pick and roll, while developing their speed in transition.

Watts is notoriously a leader, someone his teammates could count on to step up and take over when necessary. He’s also a skilled shooter, averaging over 20 points per game last season. But he still needs to develop his defense.

I think the Wolverines have a sincere shot at landing the 4-star recruit. Don’t forget, Watts is from Michigan. And he recently told, “I’d be open to anything. But I’d like to stay home. If I stay, my family could come see me play a lot.”