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Unicoi’s Watson signs basketball commitment with Milligan College

Unicoi County High School basketball standout Christian Watson signed to play basketball at Milligan College under new head coach Bill Robinson, last Thursday, June 23.
“I watched (Christian) play about three times and loved the way he shot the ball,” Robinson said about his new addition. “He’s got a great way about himself and we’re happy to have him be apart of the program.”
Robinson, who will replace coach Tony Wallingford, knows what Watson can bring – not only to the court, but to the Milligan community.
“He’s the kind of kid you want at Milligan,” Robinson said. “With the grades he’s made, the Christian values he has and his skill on the court, he’ll be welcomed with open arms when he gets to campus.”
Watson joins teammate, Logan Lyle, as the second signee to Milligan from head coach John English’s senior class that accumulated more than 100 wins throughout their careers as Blue Devils and ended the season with a sub-state loss to Stone Memorial.
The UCHS graduate and former point guard is ready for the new experience.
“I just want to thank God for giving me this opportunity,” Watson said. “It feels amazing to get to be a part of the Milligan program. I can’t wait to get the season started.”
Watson explained that Unicoi County coaches English and Michael Smith taught him to not give up.
“They taught me so much,” he said. “The biggest thing was how not to quit. We’ve been down in a few of our games throughout the years, but the one thing they taught us was to never quit.”
Robinson explained that Watson will be playing in the 2/3 guard position for Milligan.
“We won’t need him having to handle the ball much for us like he did at Unicoi,” Robinson said. “We’ll be looking forward to having him on the court. His best years of basketball are still ahead of him.”