Maryland women’s basketball opens its season against UMass Lowell on Nov. 13. Until then, we’re profiling everyone on the Terps’ roster.
Blair Watson, freshman, guard, 6’0, no. 22
Hometown: Nutley, NJ
High school: Nutley
Recruiting Ratings: No. 29 overall, no. 4 wing, no. 1 player in New Jersey
How did she get to College Park?
Watson averaged 24.7 points and 14.7 rebounds per game her senior year on the way to a NJ.com Player of the Year Award. She also finished her career with a school-record 2,127 points.
According to NJ.com, Watson had a “boatload of offers”and she narrowed her choices down to Maryland, Penn State, and Wake Forest before signing her letter of intent with the Terps last fall.
Watson underwent surgery in the spring for a shoulder injury she played through during their senior year, but was recently cleared to play and put up a team-high 29 points in the Terps’ 146-17 exhibition win over Bluefield State.
Despite this stellar performance, Watson will have to fight for playing time off the bench, competing with fellow freshman Sarah Meyers and Kaila Charles and redshirt junior Ieshia Small.
Brenda Frese will looking for someone to play minutes on the bench when Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Kristen Confroy need a breather, and Watson has a chance to win that role.
What a dream season might look like
Watson impresses Frese during the early part of the season and continues to get minutes through conference play, putting her in position to contend for a starting role as a sophomore.
Up next in the series
This final member of the freshman class is also recovering from an injury and has a family connection with the team.
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