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Eyeing IU


Q&A: IU forward Christian Watford

The Journal Gazette spoke with IU forward Christian Watford at an autograph session in Kendallville. See what the soon-to-be graduate had to say about his potential NBA career and what's to come for him.

JG: When you think back on your time at Indiana, what comes to mind?

Watford: It's definitely been a great career here at IU. I've embraced the whole thing from the beginning to the end. I look back on it, and I have been successful with where I'm at.

JG: Is it strange to think that it'll all be over soon?

Watford: After you've been a part of something for four years, you know, especially a close-knit family like we have, it's definitely weird seeing it end.

JG: What does it mean to you to see all these fans out here at the end of your career, asking you to sign the photo of you hitting that shot against Kentucky? Has to be surreal, right?

Watford: It means a lot. It's people like this that you go out there and play hard for and just try and win ball games for.

JG: What's next for you?

Watford: I'm gonna get ready for the NBA Draft. I'm gonna chase my dream. It's been my dream since I was a little kid, so I'm definitely gonna go try and achieve that goal.

JG: Have you signed with an agent yet?

Watford: I do have an agent at this point out of the D.C. area, so that's where I'll be working out at after graduation.

JG: What do you think you have to work on ahead of the draft?

Watford: Just ball skills and stuff like that, scoring more off the dribble and not just being labeled as a shooter. Being able to do a lot, most of the things on the floor, whether it's guard multiple positions or do a lot of things.

JG: How much do you think your range on the court, along with your size, will help you in this process?

Watford: It's gonna help me a lot. I feel like there's a lot of teams that need a stretch four and long, rangy guys that can stretch the court. I feel like I'll be good.

JG: So you've got the Wat Shot, you've got four years in Bloomington. What are you going to most remember about the college experience?

Watford: It's been definitely positive – and not just with the shot. That was a great bullet point in my career and great bullet point for this organization, but this whole four years of my life has been great.

JG: You came in with Maurice Creek, and you roomed with him. What was it like to hear the news about his transfer?

Watford: Maurice is a great guy. I wish him all the best. I'm sure he's gonna go and be successful at whatever he does.