Rocket Watts has gone from one MSU to another.
The former Michigan State guard from Detroit, who entered the NCAA transfer portal after the end of the 2020-21 season, announced Saturday on Instagram that he has committed to Mississippi State.
Watts is the fourth Spartan to find a new team. Guard Foster Loyer has committed to Davidson while forward Thomas Kithier is headed to Valparaiso. Former walk-on guard Jack Hoiberg will play next season at Texas-Arlington.
For Watts, his sophomore season was a difficult one. Trying to make the transition from shooting guard to point guard, missing the summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic limited his progress. He started 15 of 28 games and played well early in the season, scoring in double figures in four of the first five games, including a 20-point outing in a win over Duke and a career-high 23 against Detroit Mercy.
But the consistency never came and Watts finished the season averaging 7.7 points and 2.7 assists while shooting 33.6%, including 25.3% from 3-point range. In two seasons, Watts started 31 of 55 games, averaging 8.4 points and 2.2 assists.
With the Spartans bringing in a highly rated recruiting class of guards — five-star Max Christie along with four-stars Jaden Akins and Pierre Brooks — as well as the transfer of Northeastern point guard Tyson Walker, playing time was going to be hard to come by for Watts. That likely led to his decision to transfer.
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