Williams Passing Watson; A Look Back At NT's 3-Point King
Honoring The Great Scorers In North Texas Basketball History - Calvin Watson
Jordan Williams is making a charge at the top scorers in school history, and with his next point the senior will move into 12th on the career scoring charts and past a North Texas legend - Calvin Watson, who willed the 2007 Mean Green into the NCAA Tournament.
Williams and Watson are currently tied for 12th in NT history with 1,253 points. To honor the monumental accomplishments of Williams, MeanGreenSports.com is taking a look back at Watson's stellar career.
Few players had the combination of confidence and cleverness to take over a press conference quite like Calvin Watson. Sporting an ear-to-ear grin, the Houston native would often have reporters rolling with witty one-liners or a dead-pan impression of head coach Johnny Jones.
But after falling to No. 2 seed Memphis in the opening round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament, Watson put the jokes aside and summed up his improbable yet dazzling senior season in one quote.
"If you could cut us open and see how big our hearts are, that is how we played today," Watson said.
He was referencing the passion he and his teammates had that day in New Orleans, but clearly Watson played with that hunger every night.
Watson scored 533 points (15.7 per game) during his senior season, 68 of which came during a magical run through the Sun Belt Tournament. Watson and Co. entered the tourney as the No. 5 seed, and rumbled to the title with Watson as its MVP. He saved his best game for the finals, when he dropped 24 points on six 3-pointers against No. 2 seed Arkansas State.
The 3-pointer wasn't always his specialty, but it became his calling card. Jones recruited Watson as slashing guard out of Madison High School, but he would go on to rewrite the Mean Green record books from the perimeter.
Watson is still the program's single season and career 3-point king after sinking 90 shots from deep as a senior and 208 for his career. His career 3-point percentage of 39.1 still ranks sixth in school history.
With his next point, Jordan Williams will pass Watson for 12th on the program's all-time scoring charts, and continue his march toward the top 10. Only 53 points separate Williams from Melvin Davis (1975-78) in 11th place. To reach Leonard Hopkins (2002-05) and the mythical 10th spot, Williams will need 87 more points.
How far up the list can Williams go? Barring injury the senior is guaranteed at least 16 more games, and at his current pace of 14.9 points per game, Williams could score upwards of nearly 250 points. That would put Williams at around 1,500 points, and rivaling Tony Worrell (1962-64) for eighth place in school history with 1,516 points.