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Damian Lillard Says USC’s JuJu Watkins Is Like Carmelo Anthony: ‘Give Her the Ball’

Scott Polacek @@ScottPolacek Featured Columnist IV April 2, 2024 Steph Chambers/Getty Images Damian Lillard has some advice for the USC women’s basketball team. Give the ball to the star player. The Milwaukee Bucks guard suggested the Trojans continue to look for JuJu Watkins during Monday’s Elite Eight contest against UConn: Damian Lillard @Dame_Lillard Juju like

Damian Lillard Says USC’s JuJu Watkins Is Like Carmelo Anthony: ‘Give Her the Ball’

Scott LogoFeatured Columnist IVApril 2, 2024

PORTLAND, OREGON - APRIL 01: JuJu Watkins #12 of the USC Trojans shoots over Paige Bueckers #5 of the Connecticut Huskies during the first half in the Elite 8 round of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament at Moda Center on April 01, 2024 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

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Damian Lillard has some recommendation for the USC girls’s basketball staff.

Give the ball to the star participant.

The Milwaukee Bucks guard urged the Trojans proceed to search for JuJu Watkins throughout Monday’s Elite Eight contest towards UConn:

Damian Lillard @Dame_Lillard

Juju like Melo at Syracuse fr… you wana win give her the ball man.

Regardless of Lillard’s solutions, it isn’t as if Watkins would not get a number of seems to be for USC. She shot 738 area objectives this season, which was properly forward of McKenzie Forbes’ 426. Forbes was second on USC’s staff in field-goal makes an attempt and the one different participant to shoot greater than 275 instances.

Watkins additionally wasn’t essentially essentially the most environment friendly participant with these photographs, hitting 40.2 % from the sphere and 31.9 % from deep.

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Nonetheless, she was largely glorious all through her freshman season and averaged 27.0 factors, 7.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.6 blocks per recreation, underscoring her means to influence the sport in quite a few methods.

Lillard referenced Carmelo Anthony’s run at Syracuse, which is one which has loads of parallels. He was the staff’s finest participant as a freshman and led the Orange to the nationwide title through the 2002-03 season as a high-volume shooter who may take over video games at a second’s discover.

Watkins absolutely hopes to win a nationwide title as properly throughout her collegiate profession.

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