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Mike Watkins
Mike  Watkins

Class:
RS Sophomore

Hometown:
Philadelphia, Pa.

High School:
Phelps School

Height / Weight:
6-9 / 254

Position:
Forward

Major:
Criminology


04/06/2018

MBB Celebrates NIT Title and Season Achievements

Nittany Lions Recognized for Accomplishments, Attributes After Record-Breaking Campaign

03/11/2018

MBB Hosts Temple in NIT

Nittany Lions Making 21st Postseason Appearance; Host Owls Wednesday at 8 p.m.

02/28/2018

MBB Travels to B1G Tournament

Nittany Lions Face Northwestern Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

02/21/2018

POSTGAME QUOTES: Michigan 72, Penn State 63

02/18/2018

POSTGAME NOTES: Purdue 76, Penn State 73

02/21/2018

Penn State vs. Michigan (USATSI)

Penn State vs. Michigan

02/15/2018

Penn State vs Ohio State (USATSI)

Penn State vs Ohio State

02/12/2018

Penn State vs. Illinois (USATSI)

Penn State vs. Illinois (USATSI) Men's Basketball

02/07/2018

Penn State vs.Maryland (USATSI)

Penn State vs.Maryland (USATSI) Men's Basketball

02/03/2018

Penn State vs. Iowa (USATSI)

Penn State vs. Iowa (USATSI) 02-03-2018

AS A REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE (2017-18)

  • Did not return to competition after suffering right knee injury early in Michigan game (2/21), missing final nine games.
  • Season field goal percentage of 68.5 (146-213) leads Big Ten and is second nationally. Owns No. 5 spot on NCAA D-1 active career list at 63.7.
  • Became only the second Penn State sophomore to reach 500 career rebound milestone, now tied with Nittany Lion great Jesse Arnelle for most in first two years with 525.
  • Recorded 20th career double-double and 12th of the 2017-18 season with 11 points and 10 rebounds vs. Ohio State.
  • Perfect 5-5 from field at Illinois with four rebounds and a steal in limited minutes.
  • Went 5-7 from the field vs. Maryland and had career-best three steals to go along with five rebounds.
  • Scored 19 points and pulled down 10 boards vs. Iowa (2/3) for 11th double-double of season and 19th career.
  • Tied Penn State single-game individual record for field goal percentage and Penn State record for field goal percentage in a Big Ten game with a 9-10 outing (90.0%) vs. Hawkeyes after starting the game 8-8.
  • Scored 15 points and had a career-high 19 rebounds vs. Rutgers.
  • Scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds in 20 minutes of action at Michigan State. Had key steal of Spartan inbound pass at 0:37 mark of game to set up Tony Carr’s second 3-pointer to trim deficit to six points.
  • First Nittany Lion to have five consecutive double-doubles against Big Ten foes since John Amaechi in 1994-95.
  • Recorded fifth-straight double-double, ninth of season and 17th of career with 20 points and 11 boards vs. Minnesota.
  • Scored 20 points and collected 15 rebounds vs. Nebraska in OT win, 12 points coming in second half.
  • Had 10 points (all second half) and game-best 12 rebounds at Indiana.
  • Collected game-best 17 rebounds in double-double vs. Northwestern with 18 points. Added four blocks and two steals.
  • Recorded double-double with a team-leading 17 points and career-best 17 rebounds at Maryland. Went 8-11 from the field and had two blocks, an assist and steal vs. Terps.
  • Had a double-double with Lamar Stevens at George Mason with Watkins’ 14 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Had then Big Ten-best 19 points (9-13 FG) and seven rebounds in win at Iowa in a career-high 36 minutes at Iowa.
  • Had 14 rebounds at N.C. State for game-high total.
  • One of six Nittany Lions to score in double figures vs. Pittsburgh with 13 on a perfect 6-6 from field.
  • Recorded first double-double of 2017-18 vs. Columbia with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
  • Went 5-5 FG in second half vs. Columbia and Nittany Lions leaned on his 10 points and six blocks (4 in second half).
  • Had 15 points off 6-9 FG shooting and with five rebounds and three blocks in outing vs. FDU.

AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2016-17)

  • 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.

PRIOR TO PENN STATE
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 ESPN.com.

PERSONAL
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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