Romeo Weems of New Haven announced last month that he will be playing his college basketball at DePaul.
Now that Weems has made his college plans known, where are his biggest competitors — Mark "Rocket" Watts of Detroit Old Redford and Harlond Beverly of Southfield Christian — going to play their college ball?
No doubt Watts has been busy. He played for Kansas coach Bill Self on the U.S. U-18 squad in the 2018 FIBA Americas earlier this month, helping the squad earn a gold medal in the 113-74 championship game win over host Canada.
“I was in Ontario, Canada, for a week and a half training and playing,” Watts said. "I had a great experience. We had a good team. (Self) had me play the point-guard position. I had to get my teammates involved.
“He was coaching us real hard. He told me this is how coaches are going to be from here on out, so have good body language, be a good teammate, do the little stuff both on and off the court.”
Some of Watts’ U.S. teammates included Quentin Grimes, who is going to Kansas, Cole Anthony and Armando Bacot.
Watts has more than two dozen offers, including Michigan, Michigan State, Florida State, Xavier and Alabama, and plans to take an unofficial visit Tuesday to Louisville.
Louisville is now coached by Chris Mack, who had recruited Watts while he was coaching Xavier.
“I’m going to take my time and enjoy the process, not make a decision until next season,” Watts said. “I like Michigan. Coach (John) Beilein is a great coach and I liked how he coached Trey Burke. Coach (Tom) Izzo is a Hall of Fame coach, and he’s had guys from Detroit like Keith Appling and I like his program as well.”
Watts averaged 26.8 points, six assists and 5.5 rebounds last season to help Old Redford to its best record (18-6) in school history.
“I’ve been improving my defense, my shot and getting my teammates the ball and being a leader,” he said. “I have to get in better shape and that’s what I’m working on now. I’m in the weight room a lot, want to play at 6-3, 180 this season, I’m 6-2 and a half, 175 right now.”
Watts will be playing for The Detroit Family in AAU competition with a tournament set for Augusta, Ga., next month.
Beverly was outstanding in the state finals this past March in East Lansing, helping Southfield Christian win the Class D state championship. He averaged 16 points, six rebounds and six assists during his junior year.
Beverly also is in no hurry to make his decision, but is interested in Michigan State, Ohio State and Xavier.
“I’ve been to Michigan State a lot and they’ve won a lot, coaches are great. Coach Izzo is a legend and a lot of people I’ve known have gone there and succeeded,” Beverly said. “Ohio State’s good and the coaching staff (head coach Chris Holtmann, assistant Terry Johnson) came from Butler. They’ve brought a different style of play to the Big Ten that is different from the rest of the teams. They play a little bit more uptempo, use a lot more different sets. They have Duane Washington, a freshman from Michigan (Grand Rapids Christian).”
Beverly feels his shooting has improved.
“I improved on my shooting and became a lot more athletic last season," the 6-6, 176-pound Beverly said. “I feel like my feel for the game got a lot better, too. I can play whatever position my team needs me — point guard, shooting guard — I can just play whatever role they want me at.”
Beverly plays AAU ball for Reach Legends, which will be competing in Milwaukee in early July.