Kylee Watson, a 6-foot-3 forward at Mainland Regional High School (Linwood, New Jersey) and the No. 18 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2020 class, has given a verbal commitment to Oregon.
Watson, who won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship, becomes the fifth top-40 prospect in the 2020 class to commit to the Ducks and coach Kelly Graves.
She is set to join No. 11 Sydney Parrish, No. 22 Angela Dugalic, No. 23 Maddie Scherr and No. 40 Te-Hina Paopao on a Ducks team that made it to the Final Four in April. The class would arrive the season after Sabrina Ionescu, who has the most triple-doubles in NCAA history, graduates.
The daughter of 2000 Seattle Seahawks draftee Tim Watson, Kylee Watson has a superb offensive game in the paint. She attacks in the key, and is quicker than most players her size. She also pounds the glass with the best of them. Watson is versatile enough to handle the ball in transition and run the floor like a guard.
"Early in my recruiting, I was not getting a lot of interest from West Coast schools," she said. "So, I reached out to my Philly Belles director, Kevin Lynch, who got the word out."
In addition to having a cousin, Ashley Jamison, on Oregon's acrobatics and tumbling team, Watson said she felt like she bonded with her future teammates during an official visit.
"I got the home-away-from-home feeling at Oregon," she said. "And after sitting down with my parents, I knew in my heart that Oregon was the right place for me."