USC women’s college basketball star JuJu Watkins engaged in a captivating discussion with Paul George on his podcast “Podcast P with Paul George” recently. George commended Watkins’ iconic high bun hairstyle, suggesting that it could spark a new generational trend among girls. In a light-hearted response, Watkins countered, highlighting that the bun transcends gender boundaries, and can be both “handsome and cute” on men too.

“Men can wear buns too the bun can be ‘handsome and cute’,” Watkins said. “It’s co-ed.” (Timestamp: 4:20)

Watkins’ hairstyle holds a touch of mystery, originating back to her high school days when her mom first introduced her to it.

“It’s crazy to think about,” Watkins remarked. “Just creating a new kind of swag. It’s cool.”

Despite having a variety of styling options, Watkins has remained loyal to her iconic bun, a choice that even led to a co-starring role in an AT&T commercial alongside NBA player Joel Embiid.

“I just think it looks good,” she explained on the podcast. “So, I just wear it. It’s been a thing since I’ve been doing it for a long time. My mom put me on.”

Hailing from Los Angeles, JuJu Watkins opted for USC over offers from South Carolina and Stanford. She propelled the Trojans to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament before their loss to Connecticut.

NCAA standout JuJu Watkins’ age requirement delays draft hopes until 2027

USC Trojans guard JuJu Watkins drives to the basket.

Despite JuJu Watkins achieving an NCAA Division I freshman scoring record, she’ll have to wait until 2027 to meet the age requirement for the WNBA draft before becoming eligible.

As per the eligibility rules, players must either be 22 years old within the draft year or have completed four years of university education. This age stipulation has been a fixture in the league’s collective bargaining agreement since its inception in 1999 and has encountered minimal opposition.

USC assistant coach Chris Koclanes, who has experience with the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun and LA Sparks, advocates for giving players the option to pursue a WNBA career if they feel ready and do not wish to continue their education.

The Los Angeles Times reports that changes to the league’s collective bargaining agreement, particularly regarding eligibility rules, could be on the horizon by 2026 if early negotiations occur.