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March 19, 2014

TU's Watkins racks up more honors

THOMASVILLE —

Justyn Waktins continues to pile on his postseason awards.

The former TU forward was pegged to the NAIA All-American team on Wednesday after already being named Sun Conference Newcomer of the Year and selected to the First Team All-Conference earlier this month.

“Honestly, they’re all team-first awards to me,” Watkins said. “Before I started the season, I had sime personal goals in mind as well. This is all the reps in the weight room and hours on the practice court paying off.”

Watkins will also participate in this weekend’s NAIA All-Star Game in Kansas City, Mo., where he will play under coach Al Waller, whom he considers “legendary.”

“It’ll be great to play for him and competing with the top NAIA players in the country to see where I rank,” Watkins said. “It’ll be fun and challenging at the same time.”

Watkins said he’s also pondered past this weekend for what his professional future holds.

Watkins said graduation next month ranks “first and foremost,” but after that he wants to test the waters at the next level.

“I’ve just got to continue to play hard, workout and network,” Watkins said. “Meeting people is key.”

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