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      C.J. Watson
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Las Vegas, Nev.

High School:
Bishop Gorman

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 180

Position:
Guard

Experience:
4L

Major:
Psychology

Graduated:
Yes

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In Brief
460 career assists rank in a tie for fifth on UT's career lists ... Ranks eighth all-time at Tennessee for 3-pointers made (116) and ninth for 3-pointers attempted (301) ... Needs 34 points become the 38th UT player to score 1,000 career points ... Would become just the third Vol (joining Allan Houston and Tony Harris) to have 1,000 points and 400 assists in a career ... 139 steals rank seventh on UT's career lists.

2004-05 (Junior)
A finalist for the 2005 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award ... Named to the SEC Good Works Team (March 2-5) ... Led the SEC in assists against league opponents for the second time in three seasons when he averaged a league-best 5.00 assists per game in 16 conference games ... In all games, he tied for the SEC lead with 5.00 assists per game ... The 5.00 assists per game ranked 44th nationally ... 155 assists on the season rank in a tie for ninth on UT's single season chart ... 1.87 steals per game ranked fourth in the SEC ... Tied a school record for 3-point percentage in a game by going 5-of-5 from behind the 3-point arc against Campbell (12/23/04) ... His 58 steals on the season tied for sixth on Tennessee's single season lists ... Ranked third on the team with 11.9 points per game ... In conference games he averaged 11.7 points per contest ... 37.5 percent (48-of-128) 3-point shooting ranked second on the team ... Recorded a career-high 10 assists against Nebraska (12/30/04) and had his best effort against conference opponents with nine assists against Mississippi State (1/12/05) and South Carolina (2/23/05) ... Recorded a career-high five steals against Stanford (11/22/04) at the Maui Invitational ... Had his best offensive game in the quarterfinals of the 2005 SEC Tournament when he scored a career-high 26 points against Kentucky (3/11/05) ... Named a tri-captain prior to the season.

Summer 2004
Invited to try out for the 2004 USA Basketball World Championship For Young Men Qualifying Team in July ... Attended the NCAA Leadership Conference that was designed to enhance student-athletes' leadership and communication skills and to enable them to become more effective leaders and motivators in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

2003-04 (Sophomore)
Named the SEC Good Works Player of the Week on Feb. 11, 2004, for his work in the community ... 145 assists on the season rank 12th on Tennessee's single-season charts ... Shot 41.1 percent from 3-point range in 2003-04 to rank 11th on Tennessee's season charts ... Ranked second in the Southeastern Conference in assists (5.00 apg) and was third in assists/turnover ratio (1.99) ... Also ranked fifth in the SEC in free throw percentage (79.6 percent) and 10th in steals (1.55 spg) ... Established himself as an outside threat by ranking second on the team in 3-pointers made (44) and leading the squad in 3-point percentage (41.1 percent) ... Led the team in steals (45) and minutes per game (33.9) ... 123 rebounds tied for third on the team ... Two times he flirted with recording the school's first triple-double ... Nearly had a triple-double with nine points, eight rebounds and nine assists against Georgia (1/7/04) ... Came close to a triple-double in the Vols' win over The Citadel, posting a game-high 16 points, nine assists and six rebounds (12/17/03) ... Recorded his first career double-double with 11 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in the win over No. 23 Vanderbilt (1/14/04).

Summer 2003
Played for USA Basketball as a member of the 12-person USA Junior World Championship Team that played in the 2003 FIBA 7th World Championship for Junior Men in Thessaloniki, Greece ... Helped lead Team USA to the gold medal at the Global Games in Dallas.

2002-03 (Freshman)
Unanimous selection to the SEC's All-Freshman team selected by the league's coaches ... Named to CollegeInsider.com's national All-Freshman team ... Named co-Male Community Service Student-Athlete of the Year by Tennessee's CHAMPS/Life Skills office ... 160 assists ranks seventh all-time on UT's single-season charts and is the second-best effort ever by a Vol freshman ... Ranked third in the SEC with 5.52 assists per game ... His 5.44 assists per game in SEC games led the league ... Started 28 of Tennessee's 29 games on the season ... Led Tennessee and the SEC in minutes played with 35.8 minutes per game ... Became the first freshman to lead the Vols in minutes played since Allan Houston in 1989-90 ... The first true freshman to start the season opener at point guard for the Vols since Tony Harris in 1997-98 ... Came up big in the closing moments of the Vols' win over No. 23 Mississippi State (3/5/03), making an important steal and nailing six straight free throws ... Dished out nine assists in the Vols' upset win over No. 17 Georgia (2/8/03).

High School
A fourth team Parade All-America ... 2001 and 2002 Gatorade Nevada Player of the Year ... 2001 and 2002 USA Today Nevada Player of the Year ... McDonald's All-America finalist ... First team Best In The West selection ... First team All-Sunset Region ... Sunset Region MVP ... Rated as a top 40 player nationally ... Bishop Gorman's all-time leading scorer with 1,732 career points ... Averaged 27.3 points, eight rebounds, five assists and 6.1 steals as a senior ... Scored 35 points to go with seven rebounds, six assists and six steals in leading Bishop Gorman to the 2002 state championship ... Named the MVP of the state finals ... Led the Gaels to a 28-6 record as a senior ... Led Bishop Gorman to appearances in the Class 4A state championship game in three consecutive years, winning the title in 2000 and 2002 ... Led Bishop Gorman to an 85-14 record in his three seasons ... Coached by Grant Rice.

Personal
Born: April 17, 1984, in Las Vegas, Nev. ... Full name: Charles Akeem Watson Jr. ... Academic major: psychology ... Parents are Cathy and Charles Watson ... Has several relatives who live in Nashville including his sister, Vonyette ... As a youth, his family made annual trips to visit relatives in the Nashville area ... Nickname is "Quiet Storm" ... Chose the No. 32 jersey because it was worn by former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson ... Describes his playing style as smooth.

Career Highs
Points26 vs. Kentucky (3/11/05)
Rebounds 13 vs. Vanderbilt (1/14/04)
Assists 10 vs. Nebraska (12/30/04)
Blocks 2 vs. Gardner-Webb (11/22/02)
Steals 5 vs. Stanford (11/22/04)
Field Goals Made 7 Two times; last vs. Kentucky (3/11/05)
Field Goals Attempted 17 vs. UT-Chattanooga (12/5/04)
3-Pt Field Goals Made 5 Two times; last vs. Campbell (12/23/04)
3-Pt Field Goals Attempted12vs. UT-Chattanooga (12/5/04)
Free Throws Made 9 at Georgia (1/5/05)
Free Throws Attempted 12 vs. Mississippi State (3/5/03)
Minutes 41 vs. Georgia (1/22/03)

Career Statistics
Year GP-GS Min FG-A Pct 3FG-A Pct FT-A Pct Rebs Avg PF Ast TO Blk Stl Pts Avg
2003 29-28 1038 80-188 .426 24-66 .364 79-121 .653 121 4.2 57 160 85 6 36 263 9.1
2004 29-29 982 104-249 .418 44-107 .411 82-103 .796 123 4.2 55 145 73 3 45 334 11.5
2005 31-31 1082 109-266 .410 48-128 .375 103-136 .757 101 3.3 71 155 96 1 58 369 11.9
Totals 89-88 3102 293-703 .417 116-301 .385 264-360 .733 345 3.9 183 460 254 10 139 966 10.9
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