Former Penn State Basketball Center Mike Watkins Signs Professional Contract in Colombia

By Matthew Filipovits on October 1, 2020 at 8:30 am
Dec 14, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions forward Lamar Stevens (11) and forward Mike Watkins (24) react to a play against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the second half at the Bryce Jordan Center. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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Former Penn State basketball star Mike Watkins will play professional basketball in South America. The big forward signed with Cimarrones del Chocó of the Colombian Professional Basketball League.

Watkins appeared in 119 games over four seasons in Happy Valley, helping lead the team to an NIT title in 2018. He averaged 9.8 points, eight rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game in his career. He would have been a key factor in what would have been Penn State's first NCAA Tournament run in nine seasons had the event not have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Watkins' long-time teammate Lamar Stevens will make his case for a professional career in the coming days as he participates in the NBA Draft combine. The draft is expected to take place in November.