WESTFIELD, In. -- Duke made a major push for a new point guard in the Class of 2017 last week as they made a scholarship offer to point guard Tremont Waters.
The 5-foot-11 Waters made a major impression in the Nike EYBL as his play with Expressions Elite netted him offers from the Blue Devils and Kentucky.
Those two schools getting in the mix changed everything for Waters, as he has to take a strong look at both of those programs.
"Before the season started with AAU I just kept my mind free to stay focused and [try] to come into the EYBL and take over as a lead guard. For those two to offer, Duke and Kentucky, it's just motivation to keep playing, keep leading my team and keep trying to win," Waters said.
Both offers bring some significance to the point guard from South Kent School in Connecticut, but the offer from the Blue Devils is especially important to Waters since he grew up frequently watching Duke basketball.
"I used to always watch Duke, like, a lot," Waters said. "I know that sounds like a coincidence, but I always watched Duke. For what reason, I don't know. I just always watched Duke.
"For my dream school, pretty much, to offer me it's a dream come true. But, also, Kentucky is in there too. So it's going to be a tough choice."
Although Duke and Kentucky will likely be major factors in Waters' recruitment the next few months, he's also open to the other schools that have been recruiting him, which he listed as Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Stanford, UConn and Virginia.
"I just added two new colleges, I'm not going to look at them any differently," Waters said of the Duke and Kentucky offers.
Waters had a visit with Duke assistant coaches Jeff Capel and Jon Scheyer last week as the two Blue Devil assistants laid out their vision for how he might fit in the program.
"They said that [I need to] do the same thing I always do and try to get better at it. Run my team and be more vocal on the court and score when needed," Waters said. "So they came to see me and pretty much told me that their point guard was leaving, Derryck Thornton, and that Frank Jackson was coming into the mix but he wasn't really a lead guard.
The recruiting process is still early for Waters, but he's been impressive in EYBL play so far this spring. In seven league games with Expressions, Waters is averaging 14 points, 4.9 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
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