WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Michigan State basketball guard Rocket Watts caught the ball at the top of the key, made a jab step and let it fly.
One problem: the whistle that came as he shot the 3-pointer. A traveling call. Replay showed he dragged his pivot foot ever so slightly. Basket negated.
“That wasn’t a travel,” Watts said in frustration in the locker room. “I can’t do the jab step no more if they call traveling on that.”
His defense of that play and the rest of his performance Sunday showed the confidence and rhythm the freshman felt in a 71-42 loss at Purdue.