5 Great Years: Anton Watson waves farewell to Gonzaga after playing his final game in a Bulldogs uniform

DETROIT, Mich. – Anton Watson has completed his tenure in a Gonzaga Bulldog jersey after a remarkable five seasons, hailing from Spokane, Washington. Unfortunately, the Zags bowed out to Purdue, 80-68, in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 16.

From his childhood in Spokane, Watson held aspirations of joining the Bulldogs, a dream realized through his time with the Gonzaga Prep Bullpups. Over the span of 151 games at Gonzaga, Watson amassed an impressive record: 1,447 career points, 780 rebounds, 299 assists, 215 steals (second only to John Stockton in Gonzaga history), and 87 career blocks. His shooting percentages stood at 58.6% from the field, 30.7% from three-point range, and 62.7% from the free-throw line.

In his final game against Purdue, Watson contributed 14 points and four rebounds before fouling out. Despite the loss, he cherishes the fulfilling memories of living out his dream and representing his hometown and university.

Expressing gratitude, Watson remarked, “I’m just super grateful, super thankful… It’s been super special to me, and I know my family, they appreciate it too.”

Known as ‘The Spokane Kid,’ Watson has been a standout for Gonzaga since the 2019-20 season. This year, he faced heightened expectations without much veteran support, yet he thrived under pressure.

His coach, Mark Few, lauded Watson’s contributions, expressing pride in his career and wishing him success in his professional endeavors. Few emphasized Watson’s integral role in the team’s success and his impact both on and off the court.

While Watson’s collegiate journey concludes with a loss, his legacy endures among Gonzaga fans and teammates. Fondly remembered as more than just a player, Watson leaves behind a lasting impact on the community, with teammates acknowledging his mentorship and leadership.

As Watson transitions from player to fan, the Gonzaga faithful eagerly await his return to the Kennel, where he will always be welcomed with open arms.

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