Trendon Watford Plans To End Complicated Recruitment On April 20

CHAMBLEE, GA — Trendon Watford may have one of the most complicated recruitments in the Class of 2019.

Of the four schools who have offered him that he is considering, two — Alabama and LSU — are experiencing coaching changes. A third high-profile school, Duke, has shown interest but has yet to offer him a scholarship. The others on his list include Indiana and Memphis.

Despite all the complications, the 6-foot-8 forward from Mountain Brook, AL, plans to bring his recruitment to an end on April 20 at the Jordan Brand Classic in Las Vegas. He is ranked No. 22 by ESPN.com.

"[Alabama] just fired their coach. Avery Johnson was the first coach to ever offer me," Watford said Monday at the McDonald's All-American Game practice. "I feel like the program has good guys coming back, so we'll just see how that turns out with the next head coach."

In the meantime, Watford said Alabama officials are making him a priority.

"They've reached out," he said. "I don't know who the next head coach will be, but the players are still reaching out to me, saying they want me to be their teammate."

He added: "If they hire somebody in the next few weeks or next week and they start recruiting me, then we'll just go from there."



Like Alabama, LSU's coaching situation is fluid. The program suspended head coach Will Wade after a wiretap became public in which he was quoted offering a pay-for-play deal for a recruit, reportedly freshman point guard Javonte Smart.

Still, led by interim coach Tony Benford, the Tigers are in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and will face Michigan State on Friday in Washington, D.C.



"They're having a situation right now but I enjoyed my official visit when I went up there," Watford said. "They got some good guys. They're in the NCAA Tournament right now so I feel like they're a pretty good program."

As for what they're telling him about the coaching situation, Watford said, "I heard from [assistant] coach [Billy] Armstrong a few times. He'll let me know what happens and just go from there."

Duke, meanwhile, came on late, but has yet to offer.

"They're pretty much saying they want me and they want me to get up there for a visit," said Watford. "Just to be able to be coached by one of the greatest coaches ever [Mike Krzyzewski] would be a blessing. I played with Vernon [Carey Jr.], I played with Wendell [Moore], I played with Boogie Ellis a little bit, so I feel like we would play pretty good together."

Carey and Watford are roommates here.

"We were talking about it, we actually watched the Duke game [Sunday] together and he's in my ear about it," Watford said.

As for Indiana, Watford's family is familiar with the school even though Archie Miller is in his second year as head coach.

"With my brother playing there, it's like my second home," he said of his older brother, Christian. "I grew up there coming up as a child, just going up there every week to watch him play. So it's basically like my second home."

Meantime, Memphis is coming hard after Watford to join a recruiting class headlined by 7-foot-1 James Wiseman, the Gatorade National Player of the Year who has impressed NBA scouts here.

"They're a great coaching staff, great school and I feel I have a great relationship with Coach Mike Miller and Coach Penny Hardaway," Watford said of Memphis. "James Wiseman is probably recruiting me harder than they are, so I feel like when we played together in July [in AAU] we played pretty good together so I feel like that can translate to the next level."


Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who runs ZAGSBLOG.com and contributes to The New York Times. Follow Adam on Twitter.

FloSports and FIBA Announce Multi-Year Partnership Around 3x3

Partnership Adds FIBA 3x3 World Cup, FIBA 3x3 World Tour, & 2020 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournaments

Results Roll In From Jr. NBA Global Championship Regionals

The field for August’s Jr. NBA Global Championship nears completion, with another round of teams punching their tickets to Orlando in Regionals. 

LaMelo Ball Is Heading To The NBL

The international profile of young basketball star LaMelo Ball heads Down Under in 2019. 

Who Won The Trade...Pelicans or Lakers?

On its face, the blockbuster Anthony Davis-to-the-Lakers trade that went down over the weekend appears to be a good deal for both teams.

Is The Warriors' Dynasty Over?

When the 2019-20 NBA season begins, Kevin Durant (Achilles) and Klay Thompson (ACL) will be sidelined with major injuries.

FloSports App Available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku.

Never miss a moment. 

Kevin Durant Could Miss A Year With Achilles' Injury

Kevin Durant could miss up to a year with what the Golden State Warriors fear is an Achilles' injury -- and the entire complexion of the NBA has changed as a result.

Jr. NBA Recap

Orlando attracts millions of tourists every year with its theme parks and other destinations. 

K.J. Martin Considering G League & Australia Over Vanderbilt

R.J. Hampton may have started a little mini-trend with his decision to play in the Australian NBL next year instead of attending college.

NBL CEO Jeremy Loeliger Talks Future Stars Of The League

Five-star recruit R.J. Hampton’s surprise announcement he is passing on the NCAA to join Australia’s NBL sent shockwaves through what can quite literally be described as the basketball world.