The recruitments of 16-18 year old high school basketball players are often “head-scratching,” to say the least. This applies directly to Tremont Waters and his roller coaster of a recruitment. Early on in the 2016-2017 college basketball season when the Indiana Hoosiers had wins over Kansas and North Carolina, there was a lot of buzz that Tremont Waters would end up in Bloomington to play his college basketball. But as the Hoosiers started its free-fall into a deep abyss, Georgetown came in and promised Waters they would switch to a more up-tempo style offense and that he would be the next Allen Iverson. Waters then committed to the Hoyas in the midst of another lackluster season under John Thompson III. When Thompson was fired at the end of the season, Waters requested and was granted a release. Following this, it seemed the Waters’ recruitment was a big question mark as to where he would end up. Western Kentucky popped up as a potential landing spot, along with UCONN or even Creighton. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, LSU was able to get Tremont on campus last week and secured a commitment a few days later.
This is an extremely important get for new LSU coach Will Wade as he looks to rebuild a dismal basketball program at a big-time football school. Although undersized, Waters brings a Chris Paul-esque skillset to Baton Rouge. He has incredible skill with the ball in his hands and is extremely quick with a fantastic ability to find open teammates all day long. His ability to shoot the ball from deep and create space for his jump shot make him extremely lethal. With Waters in the lineup, opposing defenses will have to be constantly on its toes not knowing what Tre’ will do with the ball. Will Wade got a real steal here, and the perfect piece to rebuild a program with. Back in December, I’m sure not a single person, including Waters himself, thought he’d be playing basketball at LSU in the fall.