Congratulations to Juju Watkins '23: Headed to USC

She is a superstar. She is a can't-miss-prospect. She is a State Champion. She is a Team USA gold medalist. And she is headed to USC.

JuJu Watkins '23 announced Tuesday in a special ceremony at school, airing live on ESPN, that she will stay home and attend USC next year to continue her academic and athletic career. "It was a very meticulous and long process. We took all of our time," Watkins said. "There is no place like home."

Watkins is the number 1-ranked player in the country and is expected to play at the highest levels worldwide. She chose to stay close to home instead of attending South Carolina or Stanford. "I could fit in at all three but could only choose one at the end of the day," she said.

Watkins averaged 24 points and 10.5 rebounds last year while helping the Trailblazers to their fifth state title and second in the Open Division. She is a force at all three levels. "She can really do it all," Sierra Canyon coach Alicia Komaki said. "She can drive, post up, and hit the three. She is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. And she does it all within our team concept. She gets other players involved and knows when to take over."

Watkins also helped Team USA to a gold medal in the 17-under championships over the summer. She has secured NIL (Name, Image, and Likeness) deals with several companies and should only see that expand by staying in Los Angeles.

College, the pros, money, fame, and fortune are definitely in her future. However, all Juju Watkins wants at the moment is to win basketball games and another state championship.

Click here to watch the exciting moment unfold on Juju's home court as she is surrounded by her Trailblazer family.
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Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California. The highly cosmopolitan campus community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world at large. Students are empowered to realize their greatest creative, ethical, intellectual and physical promise through small class sizes, a diverse student-teacher culture and a family-like environment.