Michael Watt Rumors
The Warriors are holding a free agent mini-camp June 23-24 for 16 players, including seven with NBA experience. Here’s the list: Bobby Brown – Cal State Fullerton – Dongguan Century (China); Will Cherry – Montana – Canton Charge (D-League); Patrick Christopher – Cal – Iowa Energy (D-League); Ramon Galloway – La Salle – Fraport Skyliners (Germany); Tyler Honeycutt – UCLA – ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne (France); Edwin Jackson – ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne (France); Armon Johnson – Nevada – Blancos De Rueda (Spain); DeAndre Liggins – Kentucky – Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League); Vernon Macklin – Florida – Liaoning Jiebao (China); Sean May – North Carolina – Paris-Levallois Basket (France); Mickey McConnell – Saint Mary’s – Texas Legends (D-League); James Nunnally – UC Santa Barbara – Cangrejeros De Santurce (Puerto Rico); John Shurna – Northwestern – FIATC Joventut Badalona (Spain); Jamie Skeen – VCU – Humacao (Puerto Rico); Christian Watford – Indiana – Hapoel Eilat (Israel); Michael Watt – Buffalo – Ironi Nes-Ziona (Israel).
A neurologist eventually diagnosed Watt with Guillan-Barre Syndrome, a condition that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks part of the nervous system. He was faced with the possibility of never playing again. Watt was lucky in that he eventually responded to drug treatment. But he had to relearn how to walk, then run. By late October, Watt was dunking. He someone got through his sophomore season despite constant battles with fatigue, but he didn’t want his fight with the disease made public.
Midway through his junior season, Watt was back to his old self. In the middle of a senior year in which he would average career highs in points, rebounds and blocked shots, Watt finally told the media about his sophomore year struggles. One can safely assume that after facing the possibility of not walking, his three days at Portsmouth weren’t so daunting. Battle thinks Watt will also be ready to handle himself during individual workouts with NBA teams. “His ceiling is very high,” Battle said. “I think he’s just scratching the surface. I’ve been working him out the last three weeks, and he surprises me every day with the things he can do. “He can do some things athletically that some guys can’t. I really believe if he gets in the right situation, he can play in the NBA.”