Anyway, both Justice and Baker said the rumor is not true. Watkins, a fine player at Grady High School in Atlanta, simply visited a Spartans practice while in the area.
The player, though, is one to follow. According to Baker, Watkins "bleeds blue and gold."
"West Virginia has been ingrained in him since he was little," Baker said. "My sister [Janet] and I both went to WVU." Watkins, Baker said, was contacted last week by coaches from WVU, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Memphis and George Mason.
"He's a junior," Baker said. "The next couple weeks are huge for him. He goes from Myrtle Beach to the Peach Tree Classic to the national tournament in Orlando."
Watkins has been staying with Baker and training in Pittsburgh with, among others, former Mountaineer quarterback Rasheed Marshall.
"Bob [Huggins] told me one time [Watkins] has a chance," Baker said. "If he says it, you know it's true."
Back to Justice. As I mentioned in passing, the guy has this little deal called the Greenbrier Classic coming up. A few acts with famous names like the Black Eyed Peas, Phil Mickelson and Tom Watson are involved.
So I figured I probably should ask him about that.
"We're in the home stretch now," Justice said. "Getting all the tents and structures up. Checking boxes."
"Ticket sales have been fabulous," he said. "We're probably in excess of 40,000. They're moving fast. We expect a sellout. If your readers want tickets, I'd suggest they get them now."
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