July 20, 1999
BALTIMORE - Three-year University of Washington starter Donald Watts was selected by the St. Louis Swarm during the 11th round of the inaugural International Basketball League Draft, the 86th pick overall Tuesday.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound shooting guard was the only Husky chosen in the eight-team, 24-round draft. Collegians, foreign players and individuals with previous professional experience were all eligible to be drafted by IBL teams.
The IBL, a new men's basketball league with teams located in cities throughout the United States, begins play on Nov. 26, 1999.
A graduate of Kirkland's Lake Washington High School, Watts concluded his collegiate career ranked fourth among all-time Huskies with 310 career assists. He led the Pacific-10 Conference in 3-point shooting during 1999, hitting 50 percent of his treys (32-of-64).
Watts was an honorable mention All-Pacific-10 Conference honoree in 1998 and 1999. He averaged 13.1 points per game his senior season, completing his career with a total of 1,158 points that ranks No. 18 among all-time Washington players.
The St. Louis franchise is coached by nine-year NBA veteran Butch Beard who played with the Seattle SuperSonics during the 1971-72 season. Beard did not play with Watts' father, Slick Watts, who joined the Sonics the following season. Slick played six NBA seasons, leading the league in both assists (8.1) and steals (3.2) in 1976.
Washington registered a 17-12 record in 1999, finishing fourth in the Pac-10 with a 10-8 mark. The Huskies earned their second straight NCAA Tournament invitation, losing 59-58 to Miami (Ohio) in a Midwest Region first-round game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Watts concluded his collegiate career in that game, leading Washington with a career-high 28 points.