June 6, 2006

Watt hopes to make impact in '06-07

Gordon Watt is not the sort of basketball player who might take well to being idle.

That's what made the past season a trying experience for the former transfer to the Boilermaker basketball team.

The highly energetic live wire of a player not only had to sit out the season due to NCAA transfer rules after arriving from Boston College, but couldn't even practice through most of the season after undergoing surgery on both knees early in the fall.

"I'm really eager," Watt said as the basketball season came to a close. "I know I've seen some things (sitting out) this past year that I might be able to use. As long as everyone knows their role, we'll do just fine."

What Watt's role will be for 2006-07 - his sophomore season - is unclear at this point. But there should be plenty of options.

Coach Matt Painter has said that Watt doesn't fit into any specific position or traditional basketball role, per se, but rather might be able to play all over the floor, contributing in a variety of capacities.

And that's what Watt envisions for himself.

The Evanston, Ill., native is an athletic 6-foot-6, 220-some-pounder known for having enough perimeter skill to play on the wing offensively, shoot occasionally from the perimeter and score in transition.

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