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Watson commits to Northridge

Tribune photo by Joe Johnston: Paso Robles guard Lonnie Watson puts up a shot during a game against Cesar Chavez during a game in December. Watson committed to play at Cal State Northridge, his family said Monday.
Tribune photo by Joe Johnston: Paso Robles guard Lonnie Watson puts up a shot during a game against Cesar Chavez during a game in December. Watson committed to play at Cal State Northridge, his family said Monday. Tribune

Paso Robles High senior Lonnie Watson has committed to play basketball at Cal State Northridge, his parents said Monday.

Watson, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, averaged 19.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game this past season, earning all-PAC 7 and all-San Luis Obispo County first-team honors.

His scoring average was second in the PAC 7 and ranks as the sixth-best single-season mark in Paso Robles history.

Cal State Northridge went 11-21 this past season, a year after winning the Big West Conference championship and advancing to the NCAA Tournament, where the Matadors lost to second-seeded Memphis, 81-70, in the first round.

Watson, a four-year varsity player, was also an all-league first-team pick as a junior, when he averaged 16.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

He’s the first area player of this class to commit to a Division I program.

The NCAA’s regular National Letter of Intent signing period for basketball begins April 14.

Watson will join four other county products currently in the Division I ranks: UNLV’s Derrick Jasper (a 2006 Paso Robles alumnus), Cal Poly’s Dylan Royer (2008, Morro Bay), San Jose State’s Jerry Casey (2009, Mission Prep) and San Diego’s Mitch Woolpert (2008, Mission Prep).

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