|Hometown:||N. Little Rock, Ark.|
|High School:||North Pulaski|
|Other College:||Holmes Community College|
Bio: 2015-16 Complete Bio
(as of March 12, 2015)
ON WATKINS: Announced his intentions to transfer from Florida State on April 6, 2015…has two years of eligibility remaining after playing one season at Holmes Community College and one season at Florida State…he did not have to sit out a season upon his arrival at Florida State and after his year of play at Holmes…was fully academically eligible to begin his career at a different institution upon his departure from Florida State…played in 22 games in his only season at Florida State and helped lead the Seminoles to the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament…the Seminoles also maintained their status as the third winningest program in the ACC during his one-year tenure at Florida State…considered to be a natural facilitator at the point guard position with outstanding hands…was rated No. 18 among all junior college players in 2014…the No. 3 rated junior college point guard in 2014…a true point guard…fast, strong and aggressive when attacking in transition and also excels in the half court because of his ability to make pin-point passes…makes his teammates better because he makes great decisions with the basketball…has an incredible ability to develop remarkable chemistry with his teammates – a character trait that has allowed him to be a great leader throughout his career…as quick a point guard in the country during his prep career…has the ability to push the basketball and make solid basketball plays in both transition and in half court sets…sees the entire court well and can attack the basket while at the same time creating offensive opportunities for his teammates…his speed also allows him to get past defenders and into the lane in order to create space for his teammates…a three-star recruit by both ESPN.com and Scout.com as a senior in high school…a star on the AAU level, Watkins led the Arkansas Wings to the 2012 AAU National Championship…also played with the Wings’ EYBL 17 and under team…former Arkansas All-American Corliss Williamson and Arkansas Little Rock and current New York Knick head coach Derek Fisher are among the prominent Wing alumni…
AS A JUNIOR (2015): Averaged 1.3 points (11th on the team), 1.0 rebounds (tied for 10th), and 0.9 assists (fifth) while playing in 22 of the Seminoles’ 33 games in his only season as a Seminole…played in the first 15 games and 19 of the first 20 games of the 2014-15 season for the Seminoles…scored his career-high of seven points on shoulders of his career-high five free throws made in Florida State’s 58-47 victory over Charleston Southern at the Donald L. Tucker Center (Nov. 28)…also pulled down his career-high of eight rebounds (all defensive) in the Seminoles’ win over the Buccaneers at home…his career-high in points and rebounds came in a career-high 31 minutes played as the Seminoles played without juniors Aaron Thomas and Devon Bookert who were both nursing injuries at the time of the game…his eight rebounds against Charleston Southern marked the only time in his career that he led the Seminoles in rebounding…totaled three points (all on free throws) in his career debut with 20 minutes played against Manhattan (Nov. 15)…totaled his career-high of six assists in Florida State’s 96-73 victory over UCF in Tallahassee (Dec. 6)…his six assists led directly to 13 points including a 3-pointer by Jarquez Smith which gave Florida State a 90-69 lead with 2:16 remaining in the game…made his only 3-point shot of the season as the Seminoles traveled to play at Notre Dame for the first time as a member of the ACC…scored three points and pulled down one rebound against the Irish…
T HOLMES COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Attended Holmes Community College in Goodman, Miss., for one season (2013-14)…averaged 13.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game in 22 games played at Holmes Community College…shot .409 percent from the field and .763 percent from the free throw line…scored in double figures in 13 of 19 games during his only season at Holmes…scored his season high of 25 points against Coahoma Community College on nine of 15 shooting from the field…a second strong game of 21 points against Coahoma came in the second meeting of the season between the two teams…was nine of 10 from the free throw line in that game against Coahoma…20 points in a victory over Hinds Community College and 20 points or more coming three times during his one season at Holmes…at least 15 points scored six times…a season high of three 3-point shots in Holmes’ first game against Coahoma…career high 11 free throws made in a victory over Itawamba Community College…was 11 of 14 from the free throw line in scoring 15 points…perfect from the free throw line (six of six) in an early season win over East Central Community College and perfect again from the line (five of five) in scoring 11 points against Hinds in the second meeting of the season between the two teams…at least four assists in 12 of his 19 games…11 assists in a victory over Baton Rouge Community College and 10 assists in a win over Northeast Community College…totaled a double double of 19 points and 11 assists in the win over Baton Rouge and a double double of 12 points and 10 assists in the win over Northeast…in the back to back games against Baton Rouge and Northeast he totaled 21 assists and only two turnovers…was perfect against Baton Rouge with 11 assists and zero turnovers in 31 minutes of playing time…five steals each in wins over Hinds and Itawamba with multiple coming in eight of 19 games…
AT NORTH LITTLE ROCK: Graduated from North Little Rock High School in 2013…led the Charging Wildcats to an 18-9 record and a spot in the quarterfinals of the Class 7A state tournament…averaged 16.2 points and 5.8 assists as a senior…earned All-State First Team honors as selected by the Arkansas Activities Association…also named to the 2013 American Family Insurance All-USA Arkansas team…led North Little Rock to a 28-1 record and a national ranking as high as No. 25 during his senior season...the Charging Wildcats were ranked 29th nationally in the final high school boys’ basketball poll as voted on by MaxPreps…Watkins led North Little Rock to the State 7A championship with a 64-52 win over Fayetteville…scored 16 points to go along with five assists and two steals in the victory…totaled seven points in the fourth quarter including six in the final deciding five minutes of the game…spearheaded a championship clinching 8-0 run to end the game…with Watkins at the helm, the Wildcats won the state championship for the first time since 1971…named the Most Valuable Player of the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star game in June of 2013…scored 16 of his game high 18 points in a 2:30 span of the first period… the high-powered North Little Rock team averaged 82 points per game and won each of its’ 28 game by an average of 28 points…scored a season-high 133 points in its season opener – a 67-point victory over Bryant.
AT NORTH PULASKI HIGH SCHOOL: Attended North Pulaski High School as a freshman and sophomore during the 2010 and 2011 seasons…was named to the state championship All-Tournament team in his only season there…earned All-State First Team honors as both a freshman and as a sophomore…
PERSONAL: Born November 27, 1993…Dayshawn is the son of Vernada and Alfred Watkins…Originally signed with head coach Jerod Haase and UAB in November of 2012 but never played at the Birmingham, Ala., school…chose Florida State over Arkansas, Creighton, Marquette and Nebraska after spending one season at Holmes Community College…major is sport management.