EDIT NUSS: This has not yet been officially confirmed, although previous reports did indicate that Watson has had academic challenges. Make of it what you will.
EDIT NUSS 2: Grippi has now officially confirmed.
First, still a rookie to this board, so not sure what distinguishes a "fanpost" vs "fanshot" but this one's easier. : )
Heard today that James Watson will not be eligible this fall and therefore will be transfering to a community college closer to home. It's a tough blow to the program, but the fact of the matter is he would not be academically eligible until January, and he has struggled to make the transition to a major university. This is a good move for HIM, personally, and will allow him to get at least a AA degree, while also working on his offensive game. And once done, he'll be able to play D1 without sitting out a year, and will still have 2 full years of eligibility (2 for 2).
Now's it's on Charlie, Steven, Abe, Motum & Simon to really work hard & provide Casto the inside help we need! And on the brightside, this frees up more minutes for Charlie & Steven inside, which should help them develop faster. This will definitely hurt us early, and definitely a setback, but by the end of the year we may have developed a quality inside post player (& Steven is a good shooter who just lacks footwork & confidence right now) who's going to pay big dividends in the future. Although I still wish Steven would have redshirted last year, we need to remember Baynes looked bad in practice early, and started to jell near the end of his soph year.
I'm sure the staff is and has been looking for bigs, but at this late date it's rare to pick up someone, although we didn't add Bjornstad until the summer last year.
Best wishes to James' and his future. Once a Coug, always a Coug!