The state’s returning Gatorade Player of the Year, the 6-foot-9, 225-pound senior forward led the Spartans to a 31-3 record and a third straight Class 7A state championship this past season. Watford averaged 23.7 points, 11.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 3.1 blocks and 2.5 steals per game, including 22 points and 11 rebounds in the title-game win over Baker High. A three-time Class 7A State Tournament MVP, Watford is a McDonald’s All-American and was named the state’s Mr. Basketball as a junior. He concluded his prep basketball career with 3,567 points, which ranks sixth in state history, in addition to setting a new state record with 1,888 career rebounds.
Watford has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom. He remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.
Watford has volunteered locally at the Birmingham Exceptional Foundation, serving mentally and physically challenged individuals, and has also donated his time to elementary school literacy-outreach programs and as a youth basketball coach.