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Vote for the Kalamazoo area's top unsung hero of the boys hoops season


KALAMAZOO, MI - For as long as basketball teams have been competing for championships, the most successful squads not only feature players that can score the ball from anywhere on the court, but also the unheralded types that do the dirty work required to reach the top.


At the high school level, it's rare for teams to feature more than three star players, placing even more importance on the glue guys, sixth men and defensive stoppers.


While he didn't put up the eye-popping numbers of teammates Gavin Etter and Kaeler Stafne, the 6-foot-3 forward was a key part of Marcellus' 15-6 season, especially late in the year, when he tallied 16, 11 and 14 points in the final three games of the Wildcats' campaign.


The junior guard provided backcourt leadership on a young Kalamazoo Christian team, and he also stepped up his offense in some big games, including a 12-point performance in the Comets’ 57-52 win over Kent City in December.


Surrounded by first team all-conference players Charlie Woodhams, Jaxsen Callaway and Ashton Atwater, Watson rarely served as Otsego’s first option on offense, but the 6-foot-3 senior forward will be sorely missed next season.


The future Michigan Tech football player brought a gridiron mentality to the basketball court, making him more than willing to seek contact for rebounding position and unafraid to contest shots at the rim.






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