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WG Thomas Watkins

6'1, 190 lbs, Mesa(AZ) Community College

    Thomas Watkins' presence has already done Iowa State a world of 
good.  He helped to land former junior college teammate Ernest Brown. 
Don't call it a package deal though, Watkins was an Honorable Mention
JC All-American.  He shot 48% from three point range and 51% from the 
floor on his way to averaging 17 points a game for the loaded Mesa(AZ)
Thunderbirds.  He should help the Cyclones push the tempo a bit, as he
prefers that kind of game.
    Watkins originally graduated from South Mountain High in Phoenix, 
Arizona.  He chose Mesa because of his longtime friend, assistant Tres
Chapman.  He finished his sophomore season ranked in the nation's top 
40 junior college players.  Watkins visited ISU with fellow signee 
Richard Evans, and enjoyed his visit so much that they both committed
soon after.  Arizona State and Arizona were the other schools 
recruiting Thomas the hardest.  Mesa head coach Joedy Gardner says, 
"He shoots fundamentally sound under pressure and he's got a very good
middle game."
    For ISU, Watkins will be somewhat of a hired gun.  He will provide
the outside shooting that has been missing since the departure of 
Dedric Willoughby.  There has been talk of Watkins redshirting to even
out classes, but there is no doubt that Watkins could contribute if