C.J. Watson is a former star point guard at Bishop Gorman High School before playing at the Univ. of Tennessee and then for 10 years in the NBA. Watson also played professionally in Europe.
At Bishop Gorman, Watson helped lead the Gaels to the 4A state championships in three consecutive seasons, winning titles in 2000 and 2002. He was also named 2001 and the 2002 Gatorade Nevada Player of the Year.
Watson then starred at the Univ. of Tennessee where he was named as a unanimous selection to the SEC All-Freshman team. Watson finished his collegiate career averaging more than 15 points per game during his senior season. Watson is ranked second all-time in total assists for the historic program.
Following college, Watson played in Europe and the NBA D-League (now the G League), before playing his first game in the NBA on Jan. 8, 2008, with the Golden State Warriors. He would also play for Chicago, Brooklyn, Indiana, and Orlando during his career.
In all, he played in 600 regular season games and 48 playoff games. He finished with career averages of 7.2 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and .9 steals.
Throughout his basketball travels, Watson never forgot his Southern Nevada roots. Watson created a scholarship fund to honor his late grandmother, Mary, to help students studying education and continues to give back to his community in other ways.
Watson also founded the Quiet Storm Foundation to foster learning opportunities that include social skills development, and health and fitness activities to help the youth grow and achieve their goals in his community. Watson also developed a children's book series named CJ's Big Dream to inspire young kids to chase their dreams and work hard for what they want to achieve in life.
Born: April 17, 1984
Claim to Fame: Watson helped lead Bishop Gorman High to two state titles (2000 and 2002) before playing in the NBA for 10 years.