UCLA MEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNEE PEYTON WATSON NAMED McDONALD'S ALL-AMERICAN
Watson has been ranked as No. 8, nationally, in his high school class by 247Sports.com
February 25, 2021
UCLA men's basketball signee Peyton Watson has been selected as a McDonald's All-America selection, as announced on Tuesday.
In all, 48 high school seniors – comprising the top 24 boys and top 24 girls in the nation – have been selected by a committee of basketball analysts. These top high school players will not face off in any McDonald's All-American Game this year (due to COVID-19). However, a virtual celebration is being planned to give these high school student-athletes the recognition they deserve.
Watson, a 6-foot-7 guard/forward from Long Beach, Calif., averaged 23.2 points and 8.0 rebounds per game as a junior in 2019-20 at Long Beach Poly high school. He has been ranked as the No. 8 prospect in the country by 247Sports.com – and the No. 3 small forward in the nation by the same recruiting service. He will be a freshman for the Bruins in 2021-22.
This marks the 12th time in the past 16 seasons in which UCLA's program has had an incoming player selected to the McDonald's All-America rosters. Moses Brown competed in the McDonald's All-America Game in 2018, while Kris Wilkes and Jaylen Hands played in the contest in 2017.
Watson has been ranked as California's No. 1 player by ESPN.com. In 2019-20, he guided Long Beach Poly to the program's 11th consecutive Moore League title before earning All-CIF Southern Section Division I honors. As a sophomore in 2018-19, he helped Long Beach Poly to a perfect 12-0 league record.