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Fresno State lands its second 2013 commitment in forward Paul Watson

Rodney Terry

Fresno State coach Rodney Terry reacts during their NCAA college basketball game against New Mexico State in the Western Athletic Conference tournament Thursday, March 8, 2012, at The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. New Mexico State defeated Fresno State 65-49. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)


Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry made some waves on the recruiting trail in the spring when he was able to get highly touted 2012 big man Robert Upshaw to stay home after he decommitted from Kansas State.

But as the Bulldogs begin their first year as a member of the Mountain West there’s more work to be done when it comes to adding the talent necessary to be a consistent contender.

They received some good news on that front on Sunday, as Paradise Valley (AZ) forward Paul Watson verbally committed to Fresno State according to the Compton Magic (Watson’s AAU team).

Watson joins 6-9 power forward Alex Davis (Hutchinson CC) as 2013 verbal commitments for Fresno State.

Watson’s a 6-6 wing who held offers from Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Oregon State, Texas Tech and USC according to

As a junior Watson averaged 21.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots per game for Paradise Valley High School.

6-8 forward Kevin Foster is the most productive senior that Fresno State stands to lose, as he averaged 8.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in 2011-12.

With five freshmen entering the program this year, Fresno State stands to be a young but talented team when Watson arrives on campus in 2013.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.