After two years with a limited role at Michigan, Ibi Watson is returning to his home state.
The Wolverines guard is transferring to Dayton, it was announced Wednesday.
“We are very pleased to have Ibi join our Flyer Family,” Dayton coach Anthony Grant said in a statement. “He is a young man who knew what he wanted after leaving a great University and winning basketball team at Michigan. He has seen first-hand what it takes to be successful at this level.”
Watson averaged just 5.2 minutes per game during his sophomore season in Ann Arbor. He will sit out the upcoming season and then have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2019-20.
“I know he will utilize his redshirt year to improve himself in every way,” Grant said, “and having an experienced, talented player to go against every day in practice next season will only help our younger players grow. Ibi is an important piece of our future. Our team and campus community will enjoy having him become a Flyer.”
The Pickerington, Ohio native was a first-team all state selection as a senior when he averaged more than 19 points per game. He now joins Dwayne Cohill, Jhery Matos and Frankie Policelli as Grant’s 2018 class.