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Mike Watkins
Mike  Watkins

RS Sophomore

Philadelphia, Pa.

High School:
Phelps School

Height / Weight:
6-9 / 254




POSTGAME NOTES: Minnesota 95, Penn Setate 84 (OT)


POSTGAME QUOTES: Minnesota 95, Penn State 84 (OT)


MBB Welcomes Minnesota Monday

Nittany Lions Close Homestand with Golden Gophers


MBB Wins OT Thriller at BJC

Chambers Records 100th Victory as Penn State Coach


POSTGAME NOTES: Penn State 76, Nebraska 74


PSU MBB vs. Minnesota (USATSI)

The Nittany Lions face the Gophers in Big Ten action.


Penn State vs. Nebraska (USATSI)

Men's Basketball vs. Nebraska - January 12, 2018. Photos by USA Today Sports Images.


Penn State at Indiana (USATSI)

Penn State at Indiana: Photos by USA Today Sports Images


Penn State vs. Maryland (USATSI)

Photos from Penn State men's basketball vs. Maryland - Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018


Penn State vs. Rider (USATSI)

Men's basketball


  • Named B1G Freshman of the Week twice -- after Penn State wins over St. John's at Madison Square Garden (12/18) and at home over 24th-ranked Minnesota (1/14)
  • Made history as one third of the trio of first Nittany Lions with freshman eligibility to start in a season opener and played and started in all 33 games
  • Ranked nationally in the top 10 for blocked shots per game (9th -- 2.73) and total blocked shots (10th -- 90)
  • Broke the freshman record for double-doubles, (all points and rebounds) with eight
  • Recorded two of his double-doubles in the last three games of 2016-17 at Iowa and vs. Nebraska (ot) in the Big Ten Tournament
  • Broke the 65-year-old Penn State freshman record for rebounds with 267
  • Led team in rebounding 21 times with nine games with 10 or more rebounds
  • Accounted for nearly half (90) of team's record 182 blocks, a total that stands ninth in Penn State career history
  • Watkins' 90 and 2.7 average ranks fifth on the both Penn State's single-season total and blocks average lists
  • Pulled down 15 rebounds vs. Pittsburgh, first time a Penn Stater had that number since 2006, then duplicated the total in the win over No. 24 Minnesota
  • Set Big Ten Tournament record for blocks in a single game with 8 vs. Nebraska and ranks second all-time for blocks in a single tournament with 10 in 2 games
  • Shares the No. 6 spot on Penn State's list for blocks in a game with Calvin Booth (all-time career leader, 1995-99)
  • Currently owns the top mark for career field goal percentage at 59.0 (128-217)
  • Had two exceptional field goal percentages with 8-8 outing at Iowa (3/5) and 9-12 (3/8) in the overtime win over Nebraska in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament and the 8-8 performance tied for the best by an individual in the Big Ten
  • Had a sizzling 76.9 shooting percentage from floor and averaged 13.7 points per game in three March games
  • Also averaged in double-digit scoring in December with 11.0 ppg and with 9.5 rebounds per game that month
  • Shot 61.4 percent from the field in Big Ten regular season games
  • Scored in double figures 16 times in 2016-17 and had the top points total for the Nittany Lions four times
  • Recorded first career double-double in Big Ten/ACC victory over Georgia Tech with 12 points and 12 rebounds

AS A FRESHMAN (2015-16)

  • Received redshirt year with four years of eligibility remaining.

Played senior season at The Phelps School in 2014-15...Won the 2015 PISAA Championship game against Westtown after overcoming a 16-point third-quarter deficit...Tallied 12 points, eight rebounds and six blocks in the comeback victory...Averaged 14 points, 11 rebounds and 6.5 blocks a game during his final high school season...As a junior at Philadelphia's Math, Civics & Sciences (MCSCS) in 2013-14, reached the 2014 PIAA -- A tournament championship game while racking up 17 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks in a runner-up finish to Lincoln Park Performing Arts...Averaged 11 points, 12.5 rebounds and five blocks during a junior campaign in which he totaled 17 double-doubles...Played AAU with Team Philly, the same program which produced Brandon Taylor...Rated as a 4-star recruit and the 3rd best recruit from Pennsylvania in the class of 2015 by

Born August 10, 1995 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Alphonso Griffin and Rebecca Watkins ... Is the fourth-oldest among eight children ... Has five brothers - Donte, Manman, James, Almere and Dylan - and two sisters - Country and Aylissa.


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