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).