In grassroots basketball, competing in early-morning games comes with the territory.
Players react to morning games in a variety of different ways.
Some 'wake up' in the first couple minutes.
Some never find a way to adjust before it's too late.
Many play exactly the same.
If you're Rocket Watts, you completely dominate.
Few respond like Watts did in Atlanta, as the 6-foot-2 scoring guard caught fire on Sunday morning against the Nike Phamily.
Watts scored 20 points in the first nine minutes, finishing with 43 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Watts drilled seven triples and shot 12-for-13 from the free throw line.
Watts' session three finale put the finishing touches on an outstanding third EYBL weekend for the junior. In four games, Watts averaged 29.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.8 steals, operating with the ball in his hands almost the entire session while displaying moments of jaw-dropping dominance.
Watts was as efficient as ever, shooting 48.6% from the floor and 26-for-28 from the line. In his head-to-head matchup with Tyrese Maxey, Watts put an inexperienced 'Family' squad on his back. Watts & company took Hoops down to the final buzzer, a game that saw The Family's star guard put up 28 points, five rebounds and two assists.
Watts had plenty of competition for this award, narrowly edging out the Hoops' Maxey and Boo Williams' Cam Thomas. All three players were worthy of the accolade, but Watts' performance on Sunday made him the favorite.
The Family will likely need a perfect 4-0 session in Hampton in order to make Peach Jam. If Watts is firing like he did in Atlanta, those aspirations are not out of the question.