Old Redford’s Watts to compete for spot on U.S. U-18 hoops team

The Detroit News

Detroit Old Redford Academy’s Mark “Rocket” Watts Jr. is among 32 athletes who will be competing for a spot on the 2018 USA Basketball men’s under-18 national team.

Watts (6-foot-2, 180 pounds), a four-star guard who holds offers from Michigan and Michigan State, is the lone representative from Michigan on the training camp roster, which was released Monday by USA Basketball.

Watts is rated the No. 3 prospect in the state and No. 59 in the nation for the 2019 class in the 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s also one of 17 players who has experience from a previous USA Basketball training camp and is one of 15 hopefuls who took part in the NCAA Next Generation program during the Final Four in San Antonio.

Training camp for the U-18 team will take place May 31-June 2 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. It will be coached by Kansas’ Bill Self, Dayton’s Anthony Grant and Wake Forest’s Danny Manning.

Finalists will be announced on June 2 and will go on to compete for the USA’s fifth straight gold medal at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship from June 10-16 in St. Catharines, Canada.

In addition to Watts, Michigan and Michigan State targets Keion Brooks, a five-star forward from Indiana, and Tyrese Maxey, a five-star guard from Texas who will announce his commitment on Wednesday, will also be vying for a roster spot.