Creighton men’s basketball head coach Greg McDermott has announced that guard Maurice Watson Jr. will transfer from Boston University and enroll at Creighton this summer. Watson’s decision became official on Tuesday when he returned a signed financial aid agreement to Creighton.
He will sit out the 2014-15 season due to transfer requirements before having two years of eligibility in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
“We are excited to welcome Maurice Watson Jr. to the Creighton Basketball Family,” said Bluejay head coach Greg McDermott. “Maurice has proven over the course of the last two seasons at Boston University that he is an unselfish point guard who also has the ability to score the basketball. I believe he will excel in our up-tempo system. He comes from a tremendous family and possesses the core values in terms of character and passion that our program has come to expect. We can’t wait to get him on campus!”
Watson is a 5’10 guard who spent the previous two seasons as the starting point guard at Boston University. He owned 800 points, 410 assists and 125 steals in two years with the Terriers, where he started 63 of 65 games and played for a pair of postseason squads.
Watson led BU by averaging 13.3 points and 7.1 assists per game as a sophomore, the latter a figure that ranked third-best nationally. He was named First Team All-District by the NABC and USBWA, and also First Team All-Patriot League. Watson’s 248 assists ranked tied for ninth-most nationally among sophomores since 1997-98.
He averaged 11.2 points and 5.4 assists per game as a freshman, earning All-Rookie Team and Third-Team All-America East Conference accolades in 2012-13. He was a four-time AEC Rookie of the Week, and became the sixth freshman in league history to lead the AEC in assists.
Watson hails from Philadelphia, Pa., where he played for his father Maurice Watson Sr. at Boys’ Latin High School. He was an ESPN Top-100 recruit and PARADE Magazine All-American after finishing second in Philadelphia Public League history with 2,356 career points.
Creighton went 27-8 in 2013-14 while finishing second in the BIG EAST. The Bluejays advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season. The Bluejays are coached by Greg McDermott, who is 107-38 after four seasons at Creighton.