Utah basketball: 'Jiggy' Watkins finishes goal, not in basketball, but in life


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  • Incorrigible Manifestation Salt Lake City, UT
    May 10, 2012 2:50 p.m.


    "Don't you just love the way Duckhunter represents for you guys?"

    Actually yes we do.

  • UtahUte16 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 9, 2012 6:08 p.m.

    Congrats Jiggy, this degree will set you up for success.

    @byu "fans"

    Don't you just love the way Duckhunter represents for you guys?


  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    May 9, 2012 3:55 p.m.

    Congrats to Jiggy, way to stick out.

    @ute "fans"

    Don't you just love the way utah-hawaii represents for you guys?


  • AZ Ute Scottsdale, AZ
    May 9, 2012 9:58 a.m.

    Count me among those who judged Jiggy harshly when he was kicked off the team (without knowing the facts) and who are now repenting. Thought sure he'd put Utah in the rear-view mirror and never look back. Kudos to everyone involved - Coaches for standing by their principles, but also standing by someone who needed their continued support, AD, Mom and especially Jiggy - AND for keeping everything in house and confidential. D News and Trib probably know what got him kicked out but haven't spilled so props to them too. Admirable in this media age where it is so tempting to betray confidences. The image of Jay Hill being there and helping Jiggy with his cap and gown will stay with me for a long time. Feel Good story of the year so far.

  • emotionalfriend sandy, UT
    May 8, 2012 5:20 p.m.

    Tarnishes your degree? Get over yourself.

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    May 8, 2012 4:43 p.m.

    Way to go Jiggy. You accomplished the most important goal!

    Good luck in your future!

  • BigCougar Bountiful, UT
    May 8, 2012 1:54 p.m.

    FINALLY....some good news being reported about Utah basketball.

    Congratulations Jiggly on getting your degree. Use this as a launching point for the rest of your life. Well done.

  • SoCalUtahFan Irvine, CA
    May 8, 2012 8:31 a.m.

    "he "tarnishes" all Utes!"
    ---Utah-Hawaii Alum,

    I am proud to have Watkins as a fellow Utah Alum.
    It's not how you made mistake(s) that counts.
    It's what you do after learning from your mistake(s) that counts most.

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    May 8, 2012 7:09 a.m.

    This story makes me happier than anything I've read regarding Utah basketball in a long, long time. Keep at it, Jiggy! Good luck to you and get your masters! You didn't finish your career as a student athlete, but I am certainly proud to have you as a fellow Ute alum.

    May 8, 2012 1:05 a.m.

    UH Alum, as someone who actually knows more about the situation than most, I know that what Jiggy was dismissed for nobody else would have known about if Coach hadn't dismissed him. So if his degree tarnishes yours, I guess mine does, too, along with at least 4,000 others every year.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    May 7, 2012 10:28 p.m.

    "he "tarnishes" all Utes!"
    ---Utah-Hawaii Alum,

    You'll have to speak for yourself. His degree does not tanish mine at all.

    Congrats to Mr. Watkins for seeing this through. Good luck to him as he looks for opportunities to play "overseas." He should use that opportunity to study abroad as well. Maybe add a masters.

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum Dallas, TX
    May 7, 2012 5:42 p.m.


    I was a full ride scholly athlete at UH. The day i arrived in Honolulu, I went directly to Stan Sheriff's office, the U of Hawaii's AD at that time. The first thing he said to me......"You are an ambassador of UH, act like it......or else!!!!" The JIG embarrassed Utah because he made headlines by getting kicked off the team.............I think he should have been kicked out of school. And yes, he "tarnishes" all Utes!

  • nothegame Saratoga Springs, UT
    May 7, 2012 5:03 p.m.

    Great article u read about coaches that kick kids off the team all the time but this is a story worth repeating This really tells u that the u of u basketball cares more about kids and education than anything else well done.

    May 7, 2012 4:52 p.m.

    Proud of Jig for taking responsibility and facing the consequences of his actions, and still having the perspective to make the most of his situation. The lessons he learned and his degree will be invaluable to him in the future, and also very helpful to the team in keeping future scholarships.

    And his degree tarnishes no one's. The details of his dismissal are between himself, his family and the team.

  • Utah-Hawaii Alum Dallas, TX
    May 7, 2012 4:17 p.m.

    What did the jig do to get kicked off the basketball team? His degree tarnishes mine from Utah.

  • uteowl Sunnyvale, CA
    May 7, 2012 2:10 p.m.

    It's what we do when the winds of life blow ill winds that measure the man. Jiggy could have given up, got depressed and walked away with a bitter taste in his mouth and thus become just another bad memory for fans trying to forget a horrible year. Instead he manned up, stayed in school, found ways to be positive in the face of the adversity and finished his degree. In the end I believe Jiggy has become the brightest beacon of success our beleaguered Ute basketball program has had this year.

    Congratulations to Jiggy and his mom; let's not forget her in all of this either (especially at this time of year). Mom's like Jiggy's who show love and encouragement are worth their weight in gold!

  • Natester Cedar Hills, UT
    May 7, 2012 1:23 p.m.

    Congrats to Jiggy, his mom, and Coach Krystkowiak. I'm a Cougar fan all the way, but most importantly, a person who loves seeing stories like this, regardless of what jersey the kid wears. Well done and good luck to you in your future career. Everything just got brighter with that degree in hand!

  • utahcountyute Cedar Hills, UT
    May 7, 2012 9:35 a.m.

    Congrats Jiggy!

    Says much of the program and coach K for backing this kid. Keep those positive vibes coming and....

    Go Utes!

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    May 7, 2012 8:48 a.m.

    Getting his degree is the smartest thing he ever did. Like he said, they can take away basketball, but they can't take away your education.

    What a great story!

  • 5 Orem, UT
    May 7, 2012 8:45 a.m.

    Congrats to Jiggy. But maybe even bigger congrats to the coach and the program. You have made a very postive impression on a lot of people for backing Jiggy, but sticking to the rules too. I can imagine the positive influence you have had on his mother and family as well. You have a lot to be proud of. And it sets a standard for your program. I remember back in the late 60's when coach Ladell Andersen, then at Utah State, suspended 5 players, 3 of them starters,for two games for breaking curfew by just a few minutes. He rarely had any players come close to breaking rules after that. Oh and by the way Utah State won those two games without the starters. Keep up the good work and good luck recruiting, I would like to see the U at or near the top again soon.

  • gnrl39 South Jordan, UT
    May 7, 2012 8:24 a.m.

    What a great story. I have a feeling that we are going to hear more good things about this young man in the future. Go Jiggy......

  • umanami Draper, UT
    May 7, 2012 7:08 a.m.

    Way to go Jiggy. Proud of you and your decision to stay and finish your degree. This will payoff for you in the long run. Good luck over seas with B-Ball, may you find success there too.

  • Go Utes! Springville, UT
    May 7, 2012 6:33 a.m.

    Awesome story! I am so glad Jiggy stayed in school! What a great example of integrity and hard work, yes he made some mistakes but he owned up to them and kept what was really important in view and earned his degree. I am a Jiggy fan for sure.

  • Louisiana Cougar Pineville, LA
    May 7, 2012 5:39 a.m.

    I wish this young man well. Congratulations to him for completing his degree. Education is so critical in a knowledge-, information-, and wisdom-based economy.

    Success overseas. The suggestion to "save up the earnings" is a wise one!

  • Qwest Perfected Salt Lake City, UT
    May 7, 2012 1:15 a.m.

    What a great ending to Jiggy's career at Utah.

    Congratulations on your degree and good luck in the future no matter where it takes you. I'm glad to have had you as a Ute.

  • Duckhunted highland, utah
    May 7, 2012 12:48 a.m.

    Good job Jiggy!!1 You got a degree from a school far away from the NY playgrounds!! Now use it and lets get some more kids to follow you!!

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    May 6, 2012 10:55 p.m.

    Good luck overseas Jiggy. You can keep basketball alive in you for more years to come. My advice, save up the earnings over there as much as possible and sustain a some security as you look for other opportunities down the road.