Watson Named Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team, PC Picked To Finish Seventh In Preseason Poll

Providence College Press Release

NEW YORK, N.Y. –  It was announced today (October 19) that Providence College graduate center Nate Watson (Portsmouth, Va.) was named to the 2021-22 Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team.
Watson (Portsmouth, Va.), who earned 2021 All-BIG EAST Second Team accolades, NABC All-District 5 Second Team honors and USBWA All-District 1 accolades, led the Friars in scoring (16.9 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg) last season.  He also ranked third in the league in scoring (16.9 ppg).  In 26 games last season, he recorded four double-doubles and seven games with 20 or more points.  Watson shot 60 percent (180-299) from the field, which ranked second overall in the league.  He was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll four times last season.  Watson scored a career-high 30 points in the Friars’ loss to St. John’s on February 6, 2021.  He also had a career-high 13 field goals in the game.  Watson was 13-20 from field.  He scored his 1,000th career point on December 20, 2020 in the Friars’ win at Seton Hall.  He became the 51st Friar all-time to register 1,000 career points.  In 122 career games, Watson has registered 1,317 points (10.8 ppg).
The Friars, who finished the 2020-21 season with a 13-13 mark overall, were picked to finish seventh in the 2021-22 Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
The Friars will open their season on Thursday, October 19 versus Stonehill at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Fans interested in purchasing season tickets for the 2021-22 season, can visit Friars.com or call 401-865-GO PC.

BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year

Collin Gillespie, Villanova, G, Gr., 6-3, 195, Huntingdon Valley, Pa.

BIG EAST Preseason Freshman of the Year

Aminu Mohammed, Georgetown, G, Fr., 6-5, 210, Temple Hills, Md.


Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team

Nate Watson, Providence, C, Gr., 6-10, 260, Portsmouth, Va.*

Julian Champagnie, St. John’s, G-F, Jr., 6-8, 215, Brooklyn, N.Y.*

Jared Rhoden, Seton Hall, G-F, Sr., 6-6, 210, Baldwin, N.Y.

Paul Scruggs, Xavier, G, Sr., 6-4, 196, Indianapolis, Ind.*

Zach Freemantle, Xavier, F, Jr., 6-9, 216, Teaneck, N.J.

Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team

R.J. Cole, Connecticut, G, Gr., 6-1, 185, Union, N.J.

Tyrese Martin, Connecticut, G, Sr., 6-6, 215, Allentown, Pa.

Posh Alexander, St. John’s, G, So., 6-0, 200, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Justin Moore, Villanova, G, Jr., 6-4, 210, Fort Washington, Md.

Jermaine Samuels, Villanova, F, Gr., 6-7, 230, Franklin, Mass.


Preseason All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention

Chuck Harris, Butler, G, So., 6-2, 190, Ashburn, Va.

Adama Sanogo, Connecticut, F, So., 6-9, 240, Bamako, Mali

*Unanimous selection


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