Four-star Tremont Waters to announce decision on Wednesday

  • 10/18/2016 4:39 pm in

Class of 2017 Notre Dame-West Haven (Conn.) point guard Tremont Waters is ready to announce his college decision.

According to Joe Morelli of the New Haven Register, Waters will announce on Wednesday afternoon at the Farnam House in New Haven. The announcement is expected at approximately 4 p.m. ET.

The 5-foot-11 guard is ranked the No. 37 prospect nationally according to the 247Composite.

Waters took official visits to Georgetown, Kentucky, Indiana and Kansas. Most recently, he took an unofficial visit to Georgetown for Hoya Madness.

The Indiana recruiting target averaged 15.4 points, 5.2 assists, five rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in July in the Nike EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam.

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  • Fifer39

    247 also reporting UCLA visiting KW today and has them 60:30 favourite over IU.

  • inLinE6

    IIRC, the crystal ball for Goodluck Okonoboh and Devin Robinson were all pointing towards us. LOL. And I thought Malachi Richardson was also favored to us, and he even told CTC he’d come.

  • inLinE6

    Not sure about Wikes’ situation. But Waters will get a lot more playing time upfront at GTown. We have RJ and JN back as seniors, DG and CJ as solid veterans. I see all 4 ahead of Waters. But he’s a real skilled player and should probably start from day 1. It’s just bad timing. Wish we find someone as skilled in 2018.

  • Hoosierkamp

    Crystal ball now 83 percent g Town

  • Hoosierkamp

    Sounds like he’s Georgetown now. Bummer

  • TomJameson

    Dang Weaz … you suck at delivering hope. lol Just kidding.
    The way things are coming around I lean to that prediction also, but still hate to hear that!

  • Courtney Graber

    I agree. I’d hate to squeeze out someone like Devonte. I think we’re good on guards.

  • So IN Hoosier

    247 is cute. All the “insiders” change their pick to be in the “in” crowd the day of an announcement. How are you an insider when you just follow the wind with everybody else?? Much respect to Alex for making a selection and sticking with it! It’s hilarious the insiders all have to validate their insider status by changing their pick all the time. Crystal ball is a cute tool

  • So IN Hoosier

    Oh and I honestly feel sorry for some kids who don’t pick IU. Like him or not, Tom Crean develops kids better than anybody else in college basketball, IMO.

  • well, turns out you and lots of others here were correct. whatevs. That’s his choice and he’ll have to live with it.

  • Weaz

    Done deal… 24 minutes ago TW he chose GU… sad news… Just 48 hours ago he seemed to be a IU lock… I love Crean and not blaming him..but seems we are the bridesmaid too often on these kids at the finish line… I know we cant sign them all… but wonder what it is that gets us to 2nd or 3rd but not #1 for some kids… each player is unique…they all want playing time yes, but there must be more to it than that… thoughts anyone? What do we need to do to seal the deal with these 4/5 star kids?

  • ThatGuyMike

    The Crystal Ball for Okonoboh favored IU for a long time, however, the day before and the hours leading up to his commitment the picks started going toward UNLV (who he committed to) and Ohio State (who was actually favored in the CB when he committed).
    As for Robinson, early in his recruitment, UCONN was seen as a leader. However, a few weeks before he committed, IU started to become the favorite; about a week before he committed, Florida became the heavy Crystal Ball favorite, and that’s where he actually went.
    As for Richardson, UCONN was seen as the favorite from the national perspective (which was indicated by the Crystal Ball). However, in the days leading up to his commitment, the picks started trending toward Syracuse, which is where he went.
    LIke I mentioned, the Crystal Ball is certainly no guarantee. It is just a tool to gauge what the perception is around a kid’s recruitment. For the most part, whoever is “picked” as the leader in the Crystal Ball in the moments leading up to an announcement, the trend suggest that’s who it will be (of course, there are exceptions, and people have been wrong).
    As for Richards telling CTC he was coming, and then shying away from that…teenage kids change their minds all the time…like daily. A good example would be the Marquese Bolden kid at Duke earlier this spring. He drug that out forever, and apparently, he literally was flipping between Duke/UK daily for months. I wouldn’t be surprised if that kid just flipped a coin and that decided his route.

  • Bruce Clark

    Good luck to Tremont. As the defending Big 10 champions, a top-10 rated team by CBS Sports, with 2 players predicted to go in the top 20 of the NBA draft, with multiple players being nominated for consideration of many national awards, I completely agree with Tom Crean. Not coming to IU looks to be a very bad decision.

    Tremont decided to go with a team that was 12-18 last year; a team with no commitments last year and now 2 this year. I am sure GU, like IU, is an excellent school, but there is no comparison between the two basketball programs.

  • ThatGuyMike

    I think a lot of them really are “insiders”, simply because many of them have access to information and sources that majority of people do not. They’re just a middle-man between recruits and fans. They change picks because they want to be right, and they make those changes based on information they, or someone else, receives through back channels. The CB is certianly not a guarantee for recruiting predictions, but it does provide insight into what the perception is nationally around high-leave recruits. And to be fair, I think majority of people where caught off guard within the last 24 hours when it became apparent that he was going to GU.

  • ThatGuyMike

    Some times you never know what a kid will do; they always seem to change their minds. I’m sure TW had a reason for choosing GU over IU. It certainly does not seem like a logical decision (when comparing the two programs, respectively), but it is the one he made.

  • ThatGuyMike

    This really is a fascinating question, and I’m not sure if any of us can answer it. But, you are right, we seem to find our way in the mix at the end, but never able to seal the deal with a lot of high-level recruits. I hope we can KW, that one will really hurt if he ends up going out west.
    I will say, though, we seem to have a great ability to find those certain guys who turn out to be outstanding players that a lot of programs looked past. Seriously, I think that is something to be incredibly proud of! Thomas Bryant is the perfect example; that kid arguably is the steal of the 2015 recruitng class. How many people really thought he would be a potential All-American going into his sophomore year? There’s a lot of programs that overlooked that kid and somewhat dismissed his potential.
    While we may not be getting a lot of the five-star players we want, we do seem to get the guys a lot of people regret dismissing.

  • So IN Hoosier

    I get it but I still think it’s a cute little tool. I knew last week when Georgetown put a photo on their Twitter account with Tremont and he was making a decision a couple days later, he was going to Georgetown. It doesn’t make me an insider when I flip flop a couple hours before the announcement. Just saying and not even a big deal, I know insiders need to be right to prove their status. I just prefer someone like Alex who makes a pick and sticks with it right or wrong.

  • ThatGuyMike

    Absolutely, the Crystal Ball is just a way to drive clicks to their website; so, in that sense, it is smart on their part. And while I do appreciate Alex “sticking to his guns” with his prediction, I also recognize that other analyst, in a sense, are willing to admit their opinnion is sometimes wrong and they change it to reflect the potential reality of the situation. And personally, I do not think the Crystal Ball legitimizes an individual or not; even if their picks are incorrect. I believe their writing and journalistic skills determine that. But, I guess the CB is a way to help strike up conversation and debate.

  • Fifer39

    We don’t know TWs motivation for his choice, but whatever it was, he’s entitled to it. Whatever we might want to think, IU hasn’t got a monopoly on tradition and heritage that no right thinking potential recruit could ignore. And CTC hasn’t got a monopoly on player development.

    TW will likely have aspirations to play at the next level and if he’s based his choice on what he perceives to be the best way of making that happen, good luck to him. It’s not really a reflection of one programs ‘status’ relative to another.

  • Bruce Clark

    Agree about IU not being the only program that offers good player development, and yes, college selection is a very personal choice. I do wish the young man well.

  • BL4IU

    First, I’ll take the heat for being in the minority that was glad we didn’t sign this kid. I just can’t get excited about an under 6’0 guard dominating the ball for our Hoosiers. In this case, I really don’t care about HS and AAU tape; this is D1 ball and size matters. I like the guards we have, and will have in ’17, and would much rather use the scholly on another frontline player.

    No, if I had to bet, it was ALL about playing time for Waters. If you’re a top 50 kid you expect to play significant minutes as a freshman. No way Coach could guarantee that with the players we’ll have returning. GT could, thankfully.

    Regarding sealing the deal with 4/5 star kids: JBJ – 5 Star; RJ – 4 Star; TB – 5 Star; JM – 4 Star; DD – 4 Star; Cujo – 4 Star. Oh, and OG 6 Star.

  • Fifer39

    I do agree with your perspective on his decision and whether it was the right one. Just that there are other perspectives and I agree with the point made above that this is probably more about initial PT than program and development potential. Might not have been my choice but it’s a legit one.

  • Fifer39

    Agree. Our recruiting success rate (bearing in mind we’re routinely in for at least 4 or 5 potential recruits for each spot) probably stands the test with any program outside of the 5 or 6 that are just obviously just seen as being a bigger draw at the moment.

  • Weaz

    I agree that we are still solid at PG.. that is why I have said TW was not a NEED or must have… but would have been a great addition… Fact is being 5’10 in the B1G is a touch task… It can and has been done… but his 160 frame would have made it hard…He certainly would have beefed up at IU, maybe 175… But still Yogi was solid framed, sturdy, could take body contact in the paint and perimeter…I played PG at Taylor University in Indiana… Im 5’9 155… Trust me i now…lol And while it was legit ball, nothing close to B1G…then again I was not TW either… But I go back to the loss vs Syracuse… Michael Carter Williams and other guards at 6’3…lengthy…I love the little guys, I am one, yet having some guards 3-4 inches taller can make a huge difference in B1G play… Now, on the recruits, we HAVE landed some great talent… I wont argue that… love our players these past several years… But I could also list a lot who have had us at the end and bailed or gone elsewhere…Maybe that is just everywhere unless you are Duke, Kansas, Uk UNC… ANd then there are the Trey Lyles of the world…Ugh… We were close on Malachai Richardson, Goodluck O, and even NBA guys like Thon Maker, Dante Exum… Crean and staff have done an excellent job of making ground wiht these 5 star kids… You only need to land 1 or 2 every so often and surround with several 4 star kids and develop them into a team… That is where getting KW will be huge…

  • Alan H

    Questions: now that we lost Waters and passed on Scruggs, will we be adding a point guard this class?