Oregon Women's Basketball

Oregon WBB 5-Star Signee Kylee Watson Targets July Arrival

April 1, 2020

I recently had a chance to speak to Kylee Watson, another incoming 5-star player on the women’s basketball program.

Watson is a 6-3 forward from Linwood (N.J.). She’s ESPN’s 15th-ranked player for 2020, and the No. 3 athlete at her position.

Watson talked about how close the 2020 recruiting class is, as well as how she’ll fit into Oregon system.

On the season for Oregon:

“This past season was so much fun to watch, especially with how dominant they were in so many games. The thing I loved about them is how they all play for each other.

"Every single person clearly wanted what’s best for the team, and their chemistry on and off the court was so evident. I was absolutely heartbroken for them when the NCAA tournament was canceled.

"Sabrina, Ruthy, Minyon and Satou were incredible, and it hurts not seeing them accomplish something I know they wanted so badly. But their impact on Oregon and women’s college basketball in general will forever be second to none.”

On coach Kelly Graves during the recruiting process:

“Coach Graves, as well as everyone a part of the program, was amazing through the recruiting process, and I am so thankful to have them in my life.

"Whenever I spoke with them, it felt like a genuine conversation. And when I visited, I felt at home right away because of the people and family culture they surround themselves with on a daily basis.”

On how close she is with the Ducks' other 5-star recruits:

“We’ve gotten pretty close during the past few months over social media and texting, but I know we were all really looking forward to experiencing the McDonald’s and Jordan games together.

"So when we found out they were canceled, we were obviously devastated but understood it was the right decision. They are an amazing group of girls, and I can hardly wait to be with them soon.”

On when she arrives to Eugene:

“I’m planning on arriving sometime near the end of July, as long as COVID-19 permits it. I’m not sure the exact date, but I am more than excited to get out there.”

On how she’s preparing now:

“I definitely had to stray off from my normal schedule due to all the unfortunate things happening in the world, with practically every gym and public space being closed. But I’ve managed to figure it out.

"I’ve been working out at nearby parks, and sometimes my trainer and I get lucky enough to find an open gym. All the strength and conditioning has been dedicated to my dad, who is a high school football coach and former NFL player, so he definitely knows his stuff.”

On how she’ll fit into the team:

“I’m willing to play whatever role is best for the team and whatever coach Graves feels is right.

"I know when I get to Eugene I am going to be competing with some of the best players in the world, and I am so excited to grow and learn through that process.

"I am going to work as hard as I possibly can everyday and push myself so I get better regardless of what my role may be.”

On how she feels about being named the top player in New Jersey:

“Being named player of the year was an incredible honor, and I am so thankful for everyone who was a part of my process thus far. I wouldn’t be the person or player I am without my family, teammates, and coaches, so being named player of the year was all credited to them and the impact they had on my life.

"I was so proud and happy for Syd (Parrish), Maddie (Scherr), Angela (Dugalic) and Te-Hina (Paopao), who were also named their state’s players of the year, because I know going into Oregon I will be surrounding myself with the highest caliber of people and players.”I recently had a chance to speak to Kylee Watson, another incoming 5-star player on the women’s basketball program.


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