24X Grammy-winning rap icon compliments USC star JuJu Watkins' on-court talent: "Got game like a grown a** man"

Image Credit: @jujubeballin/Instagram, @beyonce/Instagram
Image Credit: @jujubeballin/Instagram, @beyonce/Instagram

JuJu Watkins visited Roc Nation headquarters to drop off some jerseys, magazines and other merchandise items from USC Trojans for Jay Z and his company members. Although the star hooper could not meet the 24-time Grammy-winning artist in person, she talked to him on a FaceTime call, where he praised her performance as a college basketball player.

"You go hard," Jay Z told the Trojans star. "You got a tough game. You got game like a grown a** man."

The rapper also said that he would take time out of his schedule to attend one of her upcoming games.

At the office, she also met with the rapper's friend, Emory Jones, who is one of Roc Nation's founders. Jones told her that she was his favorite athlete in "the world right now" and that meeting her was an honor.

JuJu Watkins showed her excitement while talking about the attention women's college basketball has been receiving

The 2023–2024 season of women's college basketball was one for the books, as Hoopers like JuJu Watkins, Raven Johnson, Paige Bueckers, Caitlin Clark, Angel Reese, Kamilla Cardoso and many others have now become household names.

The USC Trojans, with the help of Watkins, played their first Elite Eight matchup against the UConn Huskies since 1994. Even though the team lost against their opponents, fans were proud to see the young squad's impressive skill and talent on the hardwood floor.

When Watkins appeared on "NBA Unplugged," she was asked by Kevin Hart about her opinions on the advancement of women's sports in college.

"It's definitely so exciting," Watkins said (at 1:30 in the video below). "I mean, just to see the crowds. We're getting the support, the media attention, it just inspires me to keep working harder, and the attention is very well deserved.
"So many great players in the W and in college right now on the women's side, and we're all just killing it honestly, so I'm excited to see how well my peers and I do."

Last campaign JuJu Watkins averaged 27.1 points, with 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists and will return to the Trojans this year with the goal of winning the national championship. According to many fans and analysts, Watkins has a high chance of becoming the national champ, but so do the UConn Huskies and Paige Bueckers.

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