Getting to Know Former Pickerington Central star, Dayton Flyers Redshirt Senior Ibi Watson

Ibi Watson driving past Mississippi State defender (courtesy Dayton Media Relations)
  • POSITION Guard
  • HEIGHT 6-5
  • CLASS Redshirt Senior
  • HOMETOWN Pickerington, Ohio
  • HIGHSCHOOL Pickerington Central

2019-20 (Redshirt Junior)
• Played in all 31 games (one start), and averaged 10.1 points a game
• The one start was against Grambling when Jalen Crutcher was out, and Watson erupted for 30 points (8-12 FG, 4-5 3-pt., 10-10 FT) and was named A-10 Player of the Week
• Shot ..393 (46-117) from three-point range, and ..845 (49-58) from the line
• Was named the winner of the Thomas Luppe Award, which goes to UD’s top newcomer

2018-19 (Redshirt Sophomore)
• Sat out the season due to NCAA underclassman transfer restrictions 
• He will have two seasons of eligibility for the Flyers 

2016-18 (Freshman – Michigan)
• Played first two college years at Michigan
• Played in 19 games as a freshman 
• As a sophomore, part of Michigan team that made a run to the NCAA Tournament Championship Game 
• Played in 26 games as a sophomore, including a Big 10 and NCAA Tournament run
• Recorded a career best seven points against North Carolina during the ACC/Big 10 challenge in November
• Shot 38.9 percent from the field as a sophomore along with 32.3 percent from the three point line
• Had more steals than personal fouls in sophomore year

High School
• Played first two years of high school basketball at Athens High School, averaging 17.5 ppg
• Was a high school basketball teammate of Joe Burrow at Athens High
• Played last two years of high school at Pickerington Central, averaging 19.2 points per game
•  Associated Press Division I All-Ohio first team (2016), honorable mention (2015) at Pickerington Central
• Associated Press Division II All-Ohio third team (2014), honorable mention (2013) at Athens
• Played at Pickerington Central High School under coach Eric Krueger

Personal
• Full name is Ibrahim Davis Watson-Boye
• Son of Molly Watson
• Majoring in General Studies
• Born in Atlanta, GA., but attended high school in Ohio
• Ran AAU with All-Ohio Red

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IBI
WATSON
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Pickerington, Ohio
2020-21: 15.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, .430 3-pt.%
• Has scored 20 points in his last two home games
• Had 18 points (12 in the second half) in the win at Saint Louis
• Played in all 31 games with one start last season, averaging 10.1 ppg.
• Scored 30 (8-12 FG, 4-5 3-pt., 10-10 FT vs. Granbling) in that start
• Saw action in 35 games over two seasons at Michigan before transfer
• Michigan reached the NCAA title game his sophomore year

MR. WATSON
• Ibi Watson opened the season with a game-high 16 points (11 in
the first half) in the Eastern Illinois win. He added six rebounds.
• He scored 23 (9-14 FG) vs. SMU, including a game-tying threepointer with seven seconds left in the game.
• Watson scored 19 in the NKU win.
• He had 21 points and matched his career high of five assists in
the MSU win. He scored UD’s last two baskets to tie and give UD a
three-point lead ahead of clutch FTs that sealed the win.
• Watson scored 11 (3-4 3-pt.) against Ole Miss.
• Watson had 16 points (4-5 3-pt.) in the first Mason win.
• He scored 24 points (8 in overtime) at Davidson.
• Watson had 19 points (13 in the second half) vs. Duq at home.
• He led UD with 22 points vs. URI, with seven rebounds.
• He scored 10 points and had four assists in the first GW game.
• Watson scored 18 (12 in the second half) at Saint Louis.
• He had 20 points, five rebounds and three assists vs. GMU.
• Watson scored 20 at home against VCU.
• He scored 16 at Rhode Island.
• He was UD’s “sixth starter” last season, averaging 10.1 points
and 22.6 minutes a game, playing in all 31 games with one start.
• Watson had 16 points (4-8 3-pt.) against Kansas.
• He scored 30 in his first career start vs. Grambling (8-12 FG) and
was named A-10 Player of the Week.
• He played first two college years at Michigan, before
transferring to UD. Michigan made a run to the NCAA
Tournament Championship Game in his second season.
• In high school, he was a four-time All-Ohio selection (First
Team Division I as a senior) and as a freshman and sophomore,
a basketball teammate of Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow.
Burrow attended the second George Mason game in Dayton.

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