University of Missouri

Basketball recruit Torrence Watson decides to stay close to home

Missouri basketball coach Cuonzo Martin
Missouri basketball coach Cuonzo Martin AP

The Cuonzo Martin recruiting gravy train keeps chugging along.

Torrence Watson, a four-star shooting guard from Whitfield High in St. Louis, committed to Missouri via Twitter on Friday evening.

Watson, who was the leading prep scorer in suburban St. Louis, had been committed to Ohio State until last month.

He decommitted from new coach Chris Holtmann’s program, citing a desire to be closer to home.

Watson also considered Saint Louis University before announcing he’d join the Tigers instead.

He is the third known commitment for Mizzou in the 2018 class, hoping Belleville (Ill.) East High guard Javon Pickett and forward K.J. Santos.

Pickett, a three-star prospect, was committed to Illinois but opted to enroll at Sunrise Christian in Wichita this year and will arrive at MU next year.

Santos played last season at Illinois State and transferred to a junior college for his sophomore season.

Watson is the No. 3 prospect in Missouri, according to Rivals, behind a pair of Webster Groves High teammates.

Cart’Are Gordon is committed to Saint Louis University and Courtney Ramey is committed to Louisville.

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