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Since I live in Buffalo, I went into the draft anxiously hoping the Grizzlies would select either of the college players who made their name in the Buffalo area. Those players would be St. Bonaventure forward Andrew Nichoslon, and Buffalo forward Mitchell Watt. Well, my hopes for a Nicholson pick were dashed when the Magic snatched him up with the 19th spot, and Watt went undrafted. It looked like my dreams of a Buffalo basketball star getting a spot with the Grizzlies were dead on arrival.

Then, something wonderful happened.

Yesterday, the Grizzlies signed Watt to play in the summer league. I’m guessing to most fans this isn’t a big deal; just another undrafted free agent who won’t make too many waves. But trust me: Watt has more than enough skill to make it in the NBA. He was the MAC Player of the Year last year, and routinely dominated opposing teams. He is extremely explosive, and a quality shooter. If he lives up to his promise in the summer league, he could go on to provide great energy off the bench for the Grizzlies.

So, why wasn’t he selected? Well, you could chalk it up to a prejudice against mid-major players, although considering the rise of Damien Lillard, I’m not sure how true that is. A likely reason is that Watt didn’t truly emerge as a dominant player until this season, and with such a deep talent pool in this year’s draft, he simply got lost in the shuffle. That doesn’t mean he can’t play, however, and he could go on to do great things in Memphis.

Maybe I’m a homer for getting so excited about a prospect from my hometown, but this has all the makings of a secretly great signing. We know that the Grizzlies will likely have to choose between Marreese Speights and Darrell Arthur, and Watt could go on to soften the blow from losing one of those talents. Maybe I’m wrong and he’ll end up getting cut, but if he can play anywhere close to how he played at Buffalo, he’ll be a great signing, and give some energy to the Grizzlies second unit.

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6 Responses to Why Mitchell Watt Could Be A Great Pick Up

  1. lugeneparkerNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like a nice gem. I hope he pans out! Could help if we lose DA or Mo. I love both players, but if I had to pick one then I would pick Mo Speights.

  2. JabbatheGutNo Gravatar says:

    Plus he’s a lefty…which naturally gravitate to Memphis. The Griz have to hold the record for number of lefties ever to come through a franchise.

  3. grizzfan85No Gravatar says:

    I hope we don’t lose either speights or DA. Both are good players and about to enter their primes. Sorry but that is the deepest position on the team and an undrafted rookie isn’t making it when we need a Vet PG and shooting.

  4. JoelNo Gravatar says:

    I actually like this kid, there is something to be said for a good player who dident get drafted, he is going to be thirsty for a chance to prove himself. He is a PF, which like Gfan85 said, we as a team are kind of deep at, but with an achillies tear like DA had, there is no garuntee he will get his explosiveness back. And you can never have too many talented, springy players on the roster. The one thing I see about this kid is he is a hard worker and he is smart, he was a senior this year, which means he prob has a decent Basketball IQ, kids who stay in school tend to have a better grasp of the game, or that is what it seems like to me. I hope we keep this kid, I have a good feeling about him, which does not happen very often.

  5. gary irvingNo Gravatar says:

    i have been watching mitchell for 4 years go to the bulls game regular mitchells work ethic is unblievable he has nba skill set his will to win is incredable he can shoot the 15 to 17 footers drive to the basket play with his back to the basket has a sweet hock shot excellent foul shooter and in extremely long hence a great shot blocker memphis is getting the real thing if they sign him

  6. JoelNo Gravatar says:

    This is a nice video on youtube with some of his highlights, I REALLY REALLY REALLY like this kid. with some work he can be a very good player. I will be keeping an eye on him during the summer league, I hope the Grizz sign him, if we dont, we will regret it. If any of the Grizz Brass read this, please think about signing this kid! he has a very big upside to his game.

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