GRADUATE MANAGER ASHLEY WATSON
Watson is working on her master's degree in Sports Administration at Georgia State and spent 2015-16 working in the women's basketball offices and assisting as a manager as well. For 2016-17, Watson was elevated to the official Graduate Manager position.
BASKETBALL CAREER (2012-15)
Finished career with 107 games played and 67, overcoming knee surgery as a junior to bounce back and finish strong as a senior.
Scored 626 career points (5.9 ppg) with 21 career double-figure games.
Had a top scoring game of 20 points and a top passing game with 10 assists.
Produced 249 assists in three seasons, averaging better than two per game.
Finished second in school history in free throw shooting with a career average of 81.5 percent, having made 202 of 248, just behind the record of 82.35.Those are the only two better than 80 percent in school history.
Holds the GSU single-season record in free-throw shooting with an 87.5 percent season in 2012-13 (70 of 80).
Career totals included 223 rebounds (2.1 per game) and 98 career steals.
Played all 30 games and started 25 to finish with the most minutes played on the team (783, 26.1 per game).
Finished fifth in the Sun Belt in assist-turnover ratio and fifth in assists (98, 3.3 per game). Had career-best 10 assists at Morehead State (Dec. 7).
Scored 181 points (6.0 per game) with top game of 14 vs. Troy (Jan. 10)...Had 13 points at UALR (Feb. 26).
Her 35 steals were second on the team.
Showed toughness in coming back from knee surgery during season after suffering an injury in the second game in the preseason WNIT (Nov. 15)...Missed 10 games in first half of season but came back to be key contributer and starter in second half of year.
Averaged dipped to 5.9 points per game with pair of 1,000-point scorers on team doing much of the shooting...Had top game with 17 points at UT Arlington (Feb. 26) without missing a shot, going 5 of 5 from the field and 7 of 7 from the free-throw line in 33 minutes.
Had 12 points points vs. Arkansas State (Feb. 8) with 4 of 7 shooting...Scored 11 points in win over UL Monroe (Feb. 19) with 5 of 6 free throws and 3 of 6 field goals...Netted 10 points at UALR (March 5).
Set school record for season free-throw percentage by making 70 of 80 (87.5), edging the old record on her last shot of the season...Made her last 19 free throws over the final eight games of the season.
Was team leader in assists with 84 (3.23) with 17 games with three or more.
Led team in scoring in three games, topped by a 20-point game vs. Hofstra (Feb. 10)...Had a 16-point day on the road at UNCW (Feb. 17), hitting 5 of 8 shots from the field.
Had career-best eight assists in win over Mason (March 24), while also adding 10 points in that game (4 of 6 shooting).
Fourth on team in scoring (8.4 ppg) with 12 double-figure games...One of her three 12-point scoring games came in the season-opening win on the road at UCF.
Missed three games mid-season with a leg injury, but bounced back strong...Started all 26 of the games that she played...Averaged 29.1 minutes per game, logging the fourth most minutes on the team, despite missing the three games with her injury.
Made 8 of 9 free throws in win at Towson when team set record by making first 20 consecutive free throws of the game. Ironically, it was the team's best FT shooter that stopped the school-record streak at 20.
Played double-figure minutes in 24 of the 30 games as a freshman, while getting nine starting assignments...Played in all 30 games as a freshman.
Scored 103 points (3.4 per game) with a season-high game of nine points in the win at Western Carolina (Nov. 29)...Added eight points in the win over High Point (Dec. 19) in the Bahamas and eight points vs. UNCW (March 8).
Proved to be an excellent free throw shooter with a 79.5 percent season rate on 35 of 44...Made 15 of final 16 free throws of freshman season.
Added 24 assists (sixth most on team) with a pair of three-assist games: Old Dominion (Jan. 19) and at Northeastern (Feb. 16).
Was a plus-13 in assists to turnovers with 84 assists and 71 turnovers.
Made 20 steals, including a season-high game with three against Bethune-Cookman (Jan. 2).
A quick point guard, she was Player of the Year in the WCAL. The 5-foot-6 Watson averaged 12.2 points, 3.5 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals a game for Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose.
Final prep totals included 1,119 points, 313 assists and 226 steals...Shot 77 percent from the free-throw line for her high school career.
Was the San Jose Mercury News Junior of the Year and Sophomore of the Year.
Named a first-team all-league pick and a three-time All-CCS pick as well as a three-time West Catholic League pick.
Top scoring game was a 28-point game vs. St. Ignatius...Had a 21-point, five-assist game and led her team with 13 points in the title-winning game...As senior, had an eight-assist outing vs. Pinewood.
Was named a top 10 point guard by ESPNRise Magazine...Was also on the Hawaii ‘Iolani Classic All-Tournament team at the Honolulu event...Monarchs of coach Sue Phillips won three CCS titles, one NorCal championship and one state championship.
In AAU play, Watson was member of the San Jose Cagers and member of several all-tournament teams during their competition...Began in the sixth grade with East Palo Alto...During AAU seasons, her teams played in Oregon, Tennessee, North Carolina and Washington, as well as throughout California, including Los Angeles.
Took official recruiting visits to New Mexico State as well as Georgia State, deciding on Atlanta.
Born Dec. 29, 1992, in Santa Clara, Calif. in the heart of the Silicon Valley south of San Francisco.
Is daughter of Anthony and Nadine Watson...Dad is electrical engineer with Cisco Systems and mom earned college degree in computer information systems....Parents are natives of Cleveland, Ohio area and father served in the Air Force.
Older brother, Tony was born when parents were stationed in the Phillipines...Has younger sister Tonjanae, who is high school student at Mitty.
Growing up in California, Watson quickly became L.A. Lakers fan.
Majored in business managerial sciences at Georgia State and plans to come back for master's degree.