Dayton adds Michigan transfer Ibi Watson
DAYTON -- University of Dayton men's basketball coach Anthony Grant has announced that Ibrahim "Ibi" Watson, a 6-foot-5, 200 pound wing from Pickerington, Ohio, will transfer to UD from the University of Michigan. Watson will redshirt the 2018-19 season due to NCAA transfer restrictions and then have two years of eligibility for the Flyers.
Watson was part of Michigan's back-to-back Sweet 16 teams, including this year's team that fell to Villanova in the NCAA championship game. As a sophomore this season, Watson played 26 games for the Wolverines, averaging 5.2 minutes and 2.2 points a game. He scored his career-high of seven points twice – at North Carolina and against Detroit. He played in 45 games in his two seasons in Ann Arbor.
"We are very pleased to have Ibi join our Flyer Family," Grant said. "He is a young man who knew what he wanted after leaving a great University and winning basketball team at Michigan. He has seen first-hand what it takes to be successful at this level. I know he will utilize his redshirt year to improve himself in every way, and having an experienced, talented player to go against every day in practice next season will only help our younger players grow. Ibi is an important piece of our future. Our team and campus community will enjoy having him become a Flyer."
In high school, Watson earned All-Ohio honors all four seasons and played on three conference championship teams. As a freshman and sophomore, he attended Athens High School and averaged 17.5 points a game in his two seasons. He was Third Team Division II All-Ohio as a sophomore after being named Honorable Mention as a freshman. He moved to Pickerington and played at Pickerington Central as a junior and senior. Pickerington Central was 35-16 and he averaged 19.2 points a game in his two seasons. As a senior, he was First Team Division I All-Ohio and led the team to an Ohio Capital Conference title. He was also Honorable Mention Division I as a junior.
Watson is the fourth member of the Dayton 2018-19 recruiting class. He joins Dwayne Cohill and Jhery Matos, and Frankie Policelli as the first four Flyer recruits for 2018-19. Cohill scored over 2,000 points for Holy Name High School in Cleveland and was named First Team Division II All-Ohio. He signed in the fall. Matos signed this spring, and was a junior college All-American for Monroe College in the Bronx. Policelli was All-New York for Long Island Lutheran High School, and signed this week.