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Meet Donte Watson of JR King24 in Inland Empire

Today we’d like to introduce you to Donte Watson.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
A kid from New Orleans, LA who saw better for myself & my family. Used basketball to get out of the city, Made it to College where I finished with Two degrees, An Associates degree in Arts from Copiah Lincoln Community College, in Wesson, Mississippi & then Transferred to North Carolina A&T where I received my bachelor’s in Liberal Studies. I gave all I had to the game of basketball and I am grateful that I got to see most of the United States while doing it and also receiving a great education.

After leaving school basketball slowed down a lot, as far as pro opportunities but I didn’t let it stop me. I moved to California & gave it one more shot. After that didn’t work out, I started sharing the knowledge that I have learned over the years about the game and starting training the youth. I’ve always had a passion for music so I told myself this is you because you can be yourself & tell your story because I know it’s a lot that on in this world and I know the great people of the world can relate to it.

Has it been a smooth road?
Hurricane Katrina was one of the toughest obstacles I’ve faced with my family. The Great City of New Orleans lost a lot but we never lost our spirit.🙏🏽

Mental illness was another challenge for me. Dealing with depression because of not continuing my Pro career but giving all my pain to the youth & helping them helped me. I am grateful for the youth!🙏🏽

What else should our readers know?
Donte Watson (JR King24). The best thing that sets me from others is me being myself & giving my spirits to make others smile. God gave me that to share!

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love it.

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 504-909-4238
  • Instagram: @_jrwatson24
  • Twitter: @_jr24

Image Credit:

(Macharia Dailey)for first picture

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