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Jazmen Watts energized the Riley High School girls basketball team

Watts will play college basketball just down the road at Bethel
Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 6:34 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - The grind never stops for Riley senior basketball player Jazmen Watts.

“I want to be remembered as the dog,” Watts said. “The dog that came through and just demolished everything. I can say that. The person that went for it. Did everything that they could. Put the team on their back.”

Watts led the Wildcats in scoring almost every single night during her four years on the South Side. She also became the 19th girl in South Bend Schools history to hit the 1,000-point milestone.

“Everything I worked for there, I worked for,” Watts said. “It was never given. Playing basketball there was a challenge but if it wasn’t for Riley and everyone that pushed me to be who I am today, if it wasn’t for them then it wouldn’t be the same.”

Nothing was the same after Watts learned her biggest lesson at Riley - to keep her composure.

“Everything is not going to go my way,” Watts said. “The calls and the referees are not always going to go my way. I can’t talk back. I learned that the hard way many times. You never know who is watching. College coaches reflect on that.”

College coaches were definitely watching Watts. She earned a scholarship to play basketball just down the road at Bethel and she can’t wait to get started.

“[I want to] continue to conquer goals and accomplish milestones,” “At Riley, I was putting on a show. When I was looking up in the crowd, everybody was going crazy. I want to do the same thing for Bethel.”

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