The legend of JuJu Watkins is rapidly growing, and she has only played five games for USC. Most freshmen – most mere mortals – require at least half a season to start to shine and settle into the rhythms of college basketball after dominating on the high school level. Most freshmen need time to become elite athletes.
But JuJu is not like most freshmen. She is extraordinary. She is one of the special ones.
Just five games into her USC career, she has achieved three games with 30 points or more and is already racking up double-doubles with 30-point tallies. She is dominating fourth quarters of the games and creating special moments that only exceptional athletes produce.
She left an indelible mark on Wednesday night’s 71-70 USC win over Penn State in The Bahamas.
Watkins struggled in the first 38 minutes of the game but emerged as the dominant force in the final two minutes, leading USC to a one-point victory after trailing 70-64 with 2:15 left.
Despite her seven turnovers in the game, Watkins’ resilience and competitive brilliance in the final minutes propelled USC to victory. She showed not only her skill but also her mental toughness and competitive brilliance as a freshman.
The Trojans moved to 5-0 and won on a night when they were missing Kaitlyn Davis.
The legend of JuJu Watkins is growing rapidly, and she has played just five games. How many more of these kinds of moments will she create in her freshman season?
We can’t wait to find out. JuJu is a must-see athlete. If you can get to the Galen Center, do so. You are watching a superstar at USC.
Laura Davis covers the world of basketball with precision. Her articles explore NBA and college basketball, offering game analysis, player profiles, and highlights. Laura’s passion for hoops is evident in her comprehensive basketball coverage.