"I just committed to Miami," Waardenburg said. "It feels good coming off the visit."
Waardenburg took his official visit to Miami last Tuesday. Following that trip, he slid over to Utah before returning to New Zealand. Waardenburg also considered Virginia and SMU.
"It was my first time being on campus and meeting the coaching staff and it felt like family," Waardenburg said. "They were very welcoming. Coach [Jim] Larrañaga is there and it felt really good. It's a great program as well."
Waardenburg, a 6-foot-9, 205-pound power forward, said he's impressed with how Larrañaga runs his program and after seeing practice thought Miami was the spot for him.
"Coach Larrañaga is an awesome guy," he said. "I love his philosophy and the way he does things and from watching his practices, it's a program you want to be apart of and I'm just happy I'm going to be apart of it."
Waardenburg said he also built a good relationship with Miami assistant Adam Fisher.
"Coach Fisher is a great guy," he said. "He jokes around a lot. He's awesome. He's been recruiting me for about three or four months now and everyday it's constant energy and enthusiasm. He made my decision a lot of easier."
During the summer Waardenburg played in the adidas Nations event and had a strong showing, averaging 13.4 points and 6.4 rebound through five games. Waardenburg made seven of his 11 three-point attempts at Nations and he thinks he can help the Hurricanes with his ability to step out on the floor.
"Coach Larrañaga and coach Fisher were talking about how I have a pick and pop game and coach l thinks they are missing that," he said. I'm also a good passing big man."
Miami now has a pair of pledges in their 2017 class. Waardenburg joins four-star point guard Chris Lykes to make up their current class.