There wasn’t a lot of hullaballoo at the time of Brock Ravet or Anton Watson committed to the 2019 recruiting class of Gonzaga. Now, the two Washingtonians are making their mark for their high schools as both players were on teams that won the state championship in Washington.
Ravet, who plays for Kittitas High School, a 2B school, defeated Saint George’s, 65-50. Watson led Gonzaga Prep to the 4A title with a dicey 54-52 win over Federal Way.
Watson has a tournament for the ages. He hit a game winning, buzzer beating three pointer to push Gonzaga Prep past Richland, 53-50, in the semifinals on Friday.
Then on Saturday, he matched up against Jaden McDaniels, a 6’9 forward considered the No. 3 recruit in the state. Watson scored 22 points in the championship game. Watson helped lead Gonzaga Prep to an undefeated season and a No. 1 ranking in the state of Washington. Gonzaga Prep was ranked nationally this year by multiple high school sites.
Ravet, who has displayed his shooting talent time and time again, led Kittitas High School to its second consecutive state title. Ravet, who rolled his ankle in the championship game, still finished with 30 points, 17 rebounds, four steals, and three assists. Although it is hard to envision a college game scenario where Ravet is able to grab 17 rebounds, let alone 10, the scoring is for real. Ravet already set a new Yakima Valley record with 55 points in a game earlier this season.
The high level displays in the highest level of competition for high school should excite the Gonzaga fanbase. Both Ravet and Watson are juniors, so they still have plenty of time to grow and mature. Watson is ranked No. 59 in the country and Ravet is No. 68 according to 247 Sports. What looks like might have been a pair of unassuming commitments early on might end up being quite a bit more than that when the time comes for Ravet and Watson to step on the court in a Gonzaga uniform.