Former Tennessee point guard and current NBA veteran C.J. Watson is the subject of a new online documentary titled “Off The Court With C.J. Watson: A Quiet Storm in Vegas,” released Monday.
In addition to the online version, DVD copies autographed by Watson himself are available for $30.
Jen DeLeon, an up-and-coming on-camera personality and former Chicago Bulls intern, produced the documentary. During filming, DeLeon spent time with Watson and those close to him in Watson’s hometown of Las Vegas. The idea to profile Watson first came to her as a result of following him on Twitter (@quietstorm_32).
“I always had respect for C.J. because of the tweets he posted,” DeLeon said. “They were either about God, or simply giving his fans the time of day and responding to them. You don’t see much of that on Twitter, so that brought me into researching more about his story. He had a great story, and I was interested in finding out more.
“After the 2010-11 season, I told him my idea (to do the documentary), and about a year later, it’s complete.”
The exclusive documentary tells the story of Watson’s journey to the NBA, while also highlighting his personal life, including family, friends and growing up in a religious environment. He played at Tennessee from 2003-2006.
“C.J. is a very humble person,” DeLeon said. “So humble to the point that I forget he plays in the NBA. It seems like he is always looking out for his family, friends and even strangers.
“One of the things not included in the documentary was a story from when C.J., my videographer and I went to lunch at Capriotti’s. They (brought out so much food), it seemed like the entire menu. Instead of throwing away our leftovers, C.J. gave the sandwiches to a homeless man sitting outside in the parking lot.”
Ultimately, DeLeon hopes the exclusive look into Watson’s life as a basketball player, son and father will serve as encouragement to others.
“I hope this documentary will encourage people to go for their dreams and never give up on them,” DeLeon said. “C.J.’s journey to the NBA was not an easy one, and that’s what I wanted to convey — with hard work, anything you want to accomplish can happen.”
Watson earned second-team All-SEC honors as a senior with the Vols in 2006. His 577 career assists rank second in school history, as do his 198 career steals.
Nicknamed “The Quiet Storm,” Watson signed with the Brooklyn Nets earlier this month after spending the previous two seasons with the Chicago Bulls — both of which resulted in NBA Playoff appearances. Watson was a member of the Golden State Warriors from 2008-10, breaking through as a free agent after garnering the attention of NBA personnel executives with his steady play in Europe.
Through five NBA seasons, Watson averages 7.8 points and 2.6 assists in 305 career games with a 2.31 assist/turnover ratio. While he was with the Warriors, he scored a career-high 40 points against the Sacramento Kings on Feb. 17, 2010.