The bar for getting drafted in the NBA is arguably a lot higher than getting drafted into the NFL. There are nearly three times as many teams playing at the highest level and the NBA has just a two round draft. Sixty players get selected every year via the draft and only one UB Player, Sam Pellom, has ever been drafted out of UB.
The 6'9" forward-center Graduated in 1978 and played professionally for the Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. Pellom also played for the Washington Generals, the team that plays the Harlem Globetrotters.
At the beginning of the season Watt was not even mentioned as a potential 1st team all MAC player, many thought he would not even be the most important player on Buffalo's roster. As the season wore on Watt got stronger and eventually was recognized as the MAC's top player, only the second time a Buffalo Bull has won that award.
But it did not end there. Despite an early exit form the MAC Championship in Cleveland and a Disappointing loss in round two of the CIT Watt's star would just not set.
First he was invited to the Reese's College All-Star game where he put up a respectable 11 points. Not a magical outing but given the level of competition it was enough to get the Portsmouth invitational interested.
In three games Watt blocked a total to 13 shots and in the process broke Trevor Harvey's record of 11 (set in 03). Over all, during the three game weekend, Watt averaged 12.7 points, nine rebounds and 4.3 blocked shots per game.
This, may have been the final piece of the puzzle. Watt's play caught the eye of scouts and media types alike. The 2012 MAC Player of the Year was even featured on NBA.com.
The NBA draft is this June and there is a good chance that Watt will be a part of it, it would be the first time in a generation that UBFans have a reason to tune in and watch.