A former four-year member of the NC State men's basketball team, Levi Watkins enters his eighth season on the Wolfpack staff. Watkins was named the assistant director of basketball operations prior to the start of the 2011-12 season. Watkins has held several positions on the Wolfpack staff since exhausting his eligibility in 2005. He served as the director of basketball operations during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. Prior to that he was the video coordinator for three seasons.
Watkins assists with several day-to-day operations for the basketball program, which includes recruiting, player academics, daily scheduling and video. He serves as a liaison between men's basketball and various athletics department and campus units.
Watkins played for NC State from 2002-05. He appeared in 97 career games, and hit 82 career three-pointers. Watkins helped the Pack to four consecutive NCAA tournaments, making NC State one of 21 teams in the country to do so at the time. NC State progressed to at least the second round in three of his four years, including the Sweet Sixteen in his senior season.
NC State won the first game of the ACC tournament every year, including two appearances in the championship game, during Watkins' career. Also, NC State became the first team in ACC history to knock off the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament in two consecutive years (2002 and 2003). NC State won 21 or more games three times and defeated the previous seven national champions throughout his career. To add to the list of accomplishments, NC State posted nine wins over top-10 teams with five of the games coming on the opponents' home court.
Coming to NC State in 2001, Watkins was a part of a consensus top-10 recruiting class. Insidersreport.com voted the 2001 NC State class of Julius Hodge (2005 NBA first round pick), Josh Powell (six-year NBA veteran), Ilian Evtimov (professional player, overseas), Jordan Collins (professional player, overseas) and Watkins as the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. Sports Illustrated picked that class as the No. 3 recruiting class.
While playing at the prestigious Montrose Christian High School, Watkins was a 2001 Parade All-American and led his team to a final top 25 national ranking. As a senior, Watkins was named the Gatorade and USA Today Maryland State Player of the Year.
Watkins graduated from NC State with a bachelor's degree in business management in the spring of 2005. Watkins is married to the former Monica Hodges, also a graduate of NC State, who earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees at the university. They are the proud parents of one child, Levi III.