Nation’s elite pursue 2017 point guard Tremont Waters

  • 05/05/2016 9:56 am in

One of the hottest names on the recruiting trail this spring is class of 2017 South Kent (Conn.) point guard Tremont Waters.

The 5-foot-11, 160-pound floor general has added offers in recent weeks from Duke, Kentucky and Kansas. But Waters is content with letting the process play out as his recruitment heats up.

Inside the Hall was at the second Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) stop in Westfield recently as Waters talked to reporters about his recruitment.

“I’m not committing to any list right now,” he said. “I’m just enjoying the process and letting everything come to me. I’m open to anything.”

Indiana has been keeping tabs on Waters for several years now as they first wrote him a letter as a seventh grader. He said the Hoosier pursuit has intensified in recent weeks.

“They did offer. They said that if I went there that I would be just like Yogi Ferrell,” Waters said. “I would go in and run the show like he does. They keep comparing me to him. After me watching him, I think I play just like him.”

As a junior at South Kent, Waters averaged close to 25 points, eight assists and five steals per game.

So far this spring on the EYBL circuit with Expressions Elite, he’s averaging 14 points, 4.9 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 29 minutes per game. At 4-3, Expressions Elite has work to do over the next two EYBL sessions to solidify a berth in July’s Peach Jam.

Teaming with another IU target – 2017 big man Nick Richards – has been beneficial for Waters as he continues to hone his point guard skills.

“It makes my job easier,” he explained. “I don’t have to shoot over 7-footers. I can drop it off to him for a dunk. It makes me look good.”

As for his game, Waters, who is ranked the No. 48 prospect in the 247Composite, said he’ll continue to focus on the things that got him to this point.

“Just becoming an elite guard — I can score the basketball,” he said. “Everyone says my shot is terrific. I have to keep working on it, though. Running the team. Defensively, I’m a pest on defense. That’s why they (the schools) keep coming.”

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  • SCHoosier

    WOW..very “Yogi-like”. Might be a step quicker but not as strong (yet). Kid will go anywhere he wants.

  • Koko

    Double WOW….me thinks TC should go all out for this young man.

  • Hoosierkamp

    uuuuhhhhh yea, this kid is ridiculous

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    Averages 5 steals? I don’t care who the competition is that’s is pretty tough, especially considering he doesn’t have the wingspan to hound the passing lanes.

  • Molon Labe

    Plus, at 5’11” it will be much harder for him to make the jump to the NBA so we could keep for four years.

  • Doubtful, Tyus Jones and Tyler Ulis both left early.

  • IUBizmark

    This kid gets it. He’s constantly probing the defense. Would love to have him on the team.

  • N71

    I’ve never seen a crowd rush the floor after a move, midway through a game. And then the little girl that runs out onto the court like Santa Claus just walked through the door. This guy is a unique/rare talent for sure, a tremendous addition to any program. We certainly wouldn’t have to worry about any full court presses.

  • Veritas238

    Looks like a young steph curry

  • ForeverIU

    I’m not impressed. This is the kind of artistry that doesn’t translate well to the high-level college game. We also don’t need a guy who will “run the show”. If he grows a few inches in length, and shrinks a few notches in ego, I’ll start to be impressed. LOL.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    That Big man he has is pretty good they are quite the pair. Kid is quick, confident, and skilled for sure ! He is right I know it seems cocky but the kid is right the point guard runs the show.

  • BL

    Recruiting sites have him listed at 5’11. Video label says 5’9. I’m betting on the video label. Kid’s really skilled but …. I’m torn.

  • What did you see that makes him look like a young Steph Curry? You did know that Steph has only about 4 inches on him?

  • BruceA

    5’9″ or 5’11” – Kid can ball!

  • BL

    That’s if he’s 5’11. Like the video suggests, I think he’s 5’9; looks just like Ulis. Similarly, I think he’ll light it up in college but can he win the big ones against the best competition? Like Ulis, I think he’ll struggle against size that also has quicks. Yogi may have 3 inches on this kid.

  • Veritas238

    Mainly his vision, the fluiditity in his movement, and the way he is constantly looking to probe the defense.

  • I think you’re right. He looks pretty small out there. Me. I like CuJo better.. But then, I like size. I just think all other things being equal, I’ll take the taller, longer player every time.

  • BL

    Yeah, this kid’s handles are extra special but I’ll take skilled, big guards all day long. Buckner, Wilkerson or consider the Nova guards; both starters 6’3. I was really looking forward to RJ and JBJ in our backcourt.

  • BL

    Not against athletic big guards.

  • HoosierDom

    Does not look like he is even 5’11” – not even close really.

  • Austin45

    This video is 9 months old so it’s possible that he has grown a couple of inches in the past few months.

  • Austin45

    Someone forgot to tell Yogi, Ullis, and Isaiah Thomas (Celtics) that.

  • Hey Yogi had his problems against skilled big guards.. Syracuse this year would’ve given him fits.. Not sure they’d have stopped him completely, but give me a 6′ 4″ to 6′ 7″ big athletic guard any day.. Problem, if there were a ton of those out there it’d be a lot easier. Sometimes you need to settle for the smaller quick guard… if that’s all that’s available. After all we’re settlers aren’t we? Please pass the jack rabbit stew…

  • ForeverIU

    Probe what defense? A bunch of guys standing around waiting for the Tremont show to be over? LOL.

  • Outoftheloop

    So KY, Duke and KS don’t compete at a “high level college game”? Just say you don’t like short (under what…6…6’1..?) guards. The number of really good short guards is ample to prove that they frequently do lead college teams to great seasons: Yogi, Ulis, Paige, Duke’s guard last season, etc.

  • Veritas238

    A constant probing of the defense seems to be a mindset more than anything else (Once again look at Steph Curry). It really does not matter the defense being played (or the lack thereof).

  • Outoftheloop

    Me I like LeBron better or Magic. But they are one of a kinds!

  • ForeverIU

    It’s not just his length. It’s his snazzy moves that just won’t cut it in college. He’ll be swatted away like a fly. I don’t know what KY, Duke, and KS are thinking. Maybe he’s a decoy, LOL.

  • Kyl470

    The end of his highlight video just looked like a street ball game. Everyone standing off to the side letting guys go at it one one one. Fans running on the court and dancing in the middle of the game. All those moves that he did were flashy, but how many of those would be called a carry in college? Again this is a highlight video, but if UK, Kansas, and Duke really want him I guess there has to be more to his game that we have not got to see.