Anthony Watkins

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Anthony Watkins
No. 2 – Basketball Löwen Braunschweig
PositionPoint guard
LeagueBasketball Bundesliga
Personal information
Born (2000-10-31) 31 October 2000 (age 20)
Heidelberg, Germany
NationalityAmerican / German
Listed height1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Listed weight94 kg (207 lb)
Career information
High schoolThe McCallie School
(Chattanooga, Tennessee)
Playing career2019–present
Career history
2019Basketball Löwen Erfurt
2019–2020Basketball Pointers Giessen
2020–presentBasketball Löwen Braunschweig

Anthony Watkins (born 31 October 2000) is a German-American professional basketball player for Basketball Löwen Braunschweig of the Basketball Bundesliga. After graduating from The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 2019, Watkins chose to bypass college in order to pursue professional basketball in Germany before the 2020 NBA Draft.

Early life and career[edit]

Watkins grew up in the United States and Germany and is bilingual. He started to pursue basketball from his early childhood on, at the age of 5. Watkins continued playing both school-organized basketball in middle and high school, as well as AAU basketball. At Lakeview Middle School, Watkins holds the record of most points scored in a single game with 47 points in three quarters' time.[1] Watkins then became a member of the varsity basketball team at The McCallie School. He led his team as captain in his senior year of high school during which he ranked second in scoring for the Blue Tornado, while also standing second in field goal percentage and blocked shots. Watkins was selected to the 2019 Division II-AA East-Middle All-Region and BCAT All-Stars East teams.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Watkins signed his first professional contract with the Basketball Löwen Erfurt[3] of the German third tier ProB in August 2019, right after graduating from The McCallie School. Due to being classified as an EU-import player, despite Watkins' dual citizenship, he played limited minutes in 10 games with the Basketball Löwen Erfurt,[4][5] averaging 3.6 points per contest.[6] In January 2020, Watkins, therefore, joined the Regionalliga side Giessen Pointers (fourth German division) with a debut of 22 points and eight rebounds.[7][8] He finished the season, which ended prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, averaging 9 points,[9] 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game, while shooting 53 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from behind the 3-point line in nine games.[10] Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association, Watkins' professional status and the fact that he played his first professional game before January 1, 2020, entered him in the 2020 NBA Draft.[11][12][13][14]

On 28 August 2020, Watkins signed with the Basketball Löwen Braunschweig of the Basketball Bundesliga, with a double license, in order to also assist Braunschweig's Regionalliga team SG Braunschweig.[10][15][16] He made his debut for the Basketball Löwen team in the Bundesliga on December 13, 2020.[17]

National team career[edit]

Watkins was selected to the expanded roster of the U20 German National Team in 2019 and also participated in the U18 training camp in 2018.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Martin, Misty (2 February 2015). "Lakeview's Watkins scorches the nets for 47 points". The Catoosa County News. Retrieved 25 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "2019 BCAT All Stars". BCAT. BCAT. Retrieved 25 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Basketball Löwen - ProB Süd - 2019/2020". Barmer 2. Basketball Bundesliga. Barmer 2. Basketball Bundesliga. Retrieved 25 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Erfurter Löwen Überraschen in Testspiel Science City Jena". Thüringische Landeszeitung. Mediengruppe Thüringen. 11 August 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Comeback misslingt – 70:73-Niederlage für Rackelos gegen Erfurt". Jobstairs Giessen 46ers. 14 October 2019. Retrieved 25 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Anthony Watkins". 2. Basketball-Bundesliga (in German). Retrieved 2020-12-14.
  7. ^ "Starkes Debüt, klare Niederlage". Giessener Anzeiger. 12 January 2020. Retrieved 25 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Kilsbach, Sebastian (13 January 2020). "Pointers-Trainer Dörr: "Defensiv und offensiv waren wir einfach schlecht"". Giessener Allgemeine. Retrieved 25 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Beste Werfer (Saison: 2019/2020) - 1. Regionalliga Herren (Senioren)". Deutscher Basketball Bund e.V. Retrieved 2020-12-14.
  10. ^ a b c Schmidt-Scheuber, Miles (August 29, 2020). "Anthony Watkins Joins The Basketball Lowen Braunschweig". Eurobasket. Retrieved September 2, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Schmidt-Scheuber, Miles (25 April 2020). "Anthony Watkins Enters 2020 NBA Draft Wanting To Add The Blend Of An Elite Athlete And An Advanced European Skill-Set". Eurobasket. Retrieved 26 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Herpst, Scott (23 May 2020). "Hoop Dreams". Rome News-Tribune. Retrieved 26 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Former McCallie Standout Anthony Watkins Preparing For NBA Draft". The Chattanoogan. 19 April 2020. Retrieved 26 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ Schmidt-Scheuber, Miles. "Anthony Watkins Enters 2020 NBA Draft". German Hoops. German Hoops. Retrieved 26 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Doppellizenz für Anthony Watkins & Simon Roosch" (in German). Basketball Löwen Braunschweig. Retrieved 14 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "Braunschweiger Basketballer binden zwei Nachwuchsspieler". Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). 28 August 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "easyCredit - 48652 Anthony WATKINS". www.easycredit-bbl.de (in German). Retrieved 2020-12-14.