EAST LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Now that the MSU men’s basketball season is over, Tom Izzo has another player in the transfer portal and it’s a name that may shock you. After two seasons, Rocket Watts is looking to take his talents elsewhere.
A spokesperson for the MSU men’s basketball team confirmed the decision with our 6 Sports Director Audrey Dahlgren. Tom Izzo also released the following statement below on Watts’ decision to:
“The way we live our lives and how we operate were drastically changed by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last year. Even under normal circumstances, making a change like we did this year with Rocket would have been challenging. In preparation for last season, we had asked Rocket to take on a new role. It’s the type of position change where a spring, summer and fall of practice would have been extremely beneficial for him. Unfortunately, the pandemic created circumstances beyond anyone’s control. As a result, he didn’t get the necessary practice time, which put him in a difficult and challenging situation. After several discussions over the past week, we mutually agreed that he may benefit from a fresh start elsewhere and is putting his name in the transfer portal. Rocket has made progress in all facets of his life, especially making tremendous strides academically. We appreciate the contributions he’s made over the last two years and wish Rocket nothing but the best in his future. He’ll always be part of the Spartan Family.”
Watts put out a statement through his Twitter page seen below.
The sophomore guard played in all 28 of the Spartans’ games this season, transitioning from a shooting guard, to a point guard, then back to shooting guard. In his 28 games he averaged 7.7 points and 1.7 rebounds.
The Spartans have a ton of talent coming in next season at the guard position, from the incoming freshman to recent Northeastern transfer Tyson Walker. Walker announced on Saturday his decision to come to MSU.
Watts’ decision to transfer comes a week after fellow MSU guard Jack Hoiberg entered the transfer portal.