Darryl Finesse Watkins (born November 8, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for BTN CLS Knights Indonesia of the Asean Basketball League. He is a former college basketball player for the Syracuse Orange who has a reputation for his shot-blocking ability.
|No. 13 – CLS Knights Indonesia|
|League||ASEAN Basketball League|
|Born||November 8, 1984|
Paterson, New Jersey
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||258 lb (117 kg)|
|High school||Paterson Catholic|
(Paterson, New Jersey)
|NBA draft||2007 / Undrafted|
|2007–2008||Los Angeles D-Fenders|
|2012||New Orleans Hornets|
|2019–present||BTN CLS Knights Indonesia|
|Career highlights and awards|
A first-team all-state pick as a senior, Watkins was a four-time all-county selection and earned all-area his final two seasons. He averaged approximately 16 points, 11 rebounds, six blocks and three assists in his senior campaign.
He was rated 35th nationally and seventh at center by ESPN.com, 35th by PrepStars, 51st by Insiders Hoops, and 60th by Hoop Scoop. New Jersey Hoops ranked him 4th in New Jersey.
Used as a backup for his first two seasons at Syracuse, Watkins became Syracuse's starting center in his junior year. He registered 99 blocks that season, and ranked 16th in Division I blocked shots per game (2.8). He finished the season averaging 7.1 points and 7.3 rebounds.
Watkins averaged 8.1 points and 7.5 rebounds a game in his senior year. He missed several games early on in the season due to a bruised nose, but still appeared in 33 games, starting 32 of them. He continued his intimidation inside, ranking seventh in Division I players in blocked-shot average (3.4). In the NIT, Watkins blocked six shots against San Diego State, tying Syracuse's NIT record.
Watkins wore # 13 as a member of the Orange.
Watkins finished his career with 67 starts in 106 appearances with averages of 6.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. He ranked fifth in career blocks at Syracuse with 263 and recorded three or more blocks in a game 48 times during his tenure. Highlights include blocking a career-high 8 shots in a 67-62 win over Cornell on November 9, 2005, and matching that with another 8-block effort in a 77-76 win over Cincinnati on January 27, 2007. Nobody called him 'Mookie'
On June 29, 2007 Watkins signed a free agent contract with the Sacramento Kings. Watkins played for the Kings' mini-camp in early July and also in their Vegas summer league. In the Vegas summer league, he averaged 3.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game, including a nine-point, three-rebound effort against the Houston Rockets. In August 2007, Watkins signed a partially guaranteed deal worth an estimated $450,000 with the Kings and appeared in nine games.
D-League Stint (Iowa Energy and LA D-Fenders)Edit
Los Angeles ClippersEdit
San Antonio SpursEdit
KK Crvena zvezda (BC Red Star Belgrade) agreed to sign Watkins for the 2009-10 season. However, Watkins opted to remain in the United States after the birth of his daughter on August 14. He tried out for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but was waived on October 22, 2009.
Watkins played with Etha Engomis of Cyprus for 2011–12. The New Orleans Hornets signed Watkins to a 10-day contract on April 18, 2012. In his first game with New Orleans, he recorded 13 rebounds (a game high) and 2 points in 29 minutes in a loss to Memphis.
Return to EuropeEdit
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- Cornell 62, Syracuse 67 - Box score
- Syracuse 77, Cincinnati 76
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- Triumph Suffer First Defeat To ETHA | EuroChallenge 2012 | FIBA Europe
- Hornets sign Watkins
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- "Lukoil Academic adds Watkins at center". Euroleague.net. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
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- "Darryl WATKINS signe au CCRB". ccrbasket.com (in French). Retrieved July 12, 2014.
- "ASVEL VIlleurbanne signs Darryl Watkins". Sportando.com. August 10, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2015.