Watson Named Freshman All-American
April 9, 2014
By Stephen Trembley
FRESNO, Calif. -- While helping lead the Fresno State men's basketball team back to the postseason and a 21-win season, Bulldogs' guard/forward Paul Watson earned a spot on the 2013-14 Kyle Macy Freshman All-America team.
The honor puts Watson in a class of the 30 best freshmen in the nation, including Duke's Jabari Parker, Kansas' Andrew Wiggins, Kentucky's Julius Randle and Arizona's Aaron Gordon.
Watson was the only Mountain West player to receive the distinction and joined Gordon, UCLA's Bryce Alford and Santa Clara's Jared Brownridge as one of four honorees in the Western United States.
During league play, Watson led all MW freshmen in rebounding (4.6 rpg) and finished second among MW freshmen in scoring (8.6 ppg) and blocked shots (12). Watson was the third freshman in school history to be named conference Freshman of the Year, joining Mike Mitchell (PCAA; 1985-86) and Greg Smith (WAC; 2009-10).
Watson finished the season averaging 10 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while converting 44.4 percent of his field goal attempts. He started in all 39 games and collected a total of 29.1 minutes per game.
Watson scored a season-high 20 points to help fuel a 79-76 road win at Utah State.
Fresno State (21-18) finished the 2013-14 season in a tie for fifth in the MW standings and reached the championship series of the College Basketball Invitational. The Bulldogs enter the 2014-15 season returning four starters from a squad that won 13 of its last 18 games, including four of its last six.
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