USC star JuJu Watkins throws out the first pitch at the Dodgers game

USC star JuJu Watkins throws out the first pitch at the Dodgers game

JuJu Watkins is one of the biggest stars in women’s college basketball. She dominated to a rare level this year for a freshman, putting up historic numbers in the process. Simply put, she made it look easy in leading the Trojans to the Elite Eight in this year’s NCAA Tournament. And on Saturday night, the Trojans superstar was welcomed by the Los Angeles Dodgers to throw out the first pitch of their game against the Los Angeles Angels.

JuJu Watkins reflected on her historic freshman season

This season, Watkins set the NCAA Division I freshman scoring record with 920 points last season. That’s a record Watkins mirrored following the USC Elite Eight loss UConn.

“It’s definitely an honor. I mean, of course, like I said, not exactly the terms I’d like to end my season on,” Watkins said. “I mean, I’m just blessed. This program has given me a lot. I am so thankful for that. It was just a great season.”

“The record is great. Just the moments I got to spend with this team meant everything to me. I’m just excited for next year, yeah.”

Before JuJu Watkins, Tina Hutchinson of San Diego State held the freshman scoring record with 898 points scored during the 1983-84 season.

Watkins’ best offensive game came in one of the biggest games USC has played all season against Stanford on the road. That game was back in early February when she scored 51 points. In many ways, it was that game that established JuJu Watkins as a name to watch nationally.

She also accumulated numerous other accolades and honors, including setting USC’s single-season scoring record. Watkins broke a record that had stood for nearly 40 years, passing one of the greatest players in the history of her sport.

Watkins racked up plenty of hardware in his freshman year, including Pac-12 All Defensive Team honors and Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors. She was named a first team All-American by several different media outlets.

As a high school prospect, Watkins was one of the most decorated players in the country, earning Gatorade National Player of the Year honors and Naismith Prep Player of the Year honors in 2023. She played the past two seasons with Sierra Canyon School (Los Angeles ). , California).

On3’s Dan Morrison also contributed to this article.