4-Star PG Tremont Waters Commits to LSU After Release from Georgetown

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2017

Notre Dame's Tremont Waters #2 in action against Archbishop Molloy during a high school basketball game at the 2017 Hoophall Classic on Saturday, January 14,, 2017, in Springfield, MA. Notre Dame won the game. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
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John Thompson III's firing re-opened Tremont Waters' recruitment and LSU pounced Monday by landing the 4-star point guard. 

 Ed Waters, Tremont's father, announced his son signed the letter of intent to Evan Daniels of Scout.com.

"Multiple reasons," Ed Waters told Daniels of why Tremont was heading to LSU. "Lengthy conversations with the coach and looking into the SEC we have the network where our wife and I can catch every game if we want to on our network."

"Having a good contract was important and understanding a coach like Will Wade coming in has to prove himself, just like Tremont does," he added. "I like the fact that he’s hungry and has something to prove. The conversations have been amazing."

Scout.com currently ranks Waters as the nation's No. 41 overall prospect and 12th-ranked point guard. He ranks fourth among players at his position in the East region.

Originally signed by Thompson at Georgetown, Waters requested and was granted his release from his letter of intent in March after the Hoyas fired the longtime coach. The process was mostly shrouded in uncertainty early on as Georgetown held off a bit on granting Waters his release. 

“In all fairness to [Georgetown] and also the family, I just want to deal with the process first and then maybe we can speak on things afterwards,” Ed Waters told Adam Zagoria.

Listed at 5'11" and 155 pounds, Waters will have to overcome his size deficiency to have success at the next level. He's been able to dominate in prep games thanks to his lightning quickness and natural point guard tendencies. Translating that to the next level will mostly be about him learning how to continue his development in smaller spaces.

"Tremont’s development is important," Waters said. "Some of these kids can go anywhere and can go one and done. But some of these kids are like Steph Curry and Davidson, where they need to go somewhere and develop."

If Waters were 6'2", he would probably be a 5-star recruit with the entire nation fawning after him. As it stands, his skill set is likely a little underrated due to size and strength concerns—a fair assessment, particularly on the defensive end.

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