Four-star class of 2017 point guard Tremont Waters has his official visit to Indiana set for this weekend.
The 5-foot-11 prospect from West Haven, Conn., is ranked No. 36 overall in the 2017 class by Scout.com
Waters played AAU for Expressions Elite, a team the Indiana coaching staff watched extensively in both the April and July evaluation periods.
(Scout.com): Waters is a very quick and slick ballhandler who knifes into the lane and delivers sizzling passes to teammates, either at the rim on spotting upon the perimeter. He's also a clever scorer and potentially disruptive defender. Waters stays in attack mode and possesses impressive ball handling ability. Waters has deep range on his shot and is a good shooter, when he's taking good shots.
QUOTES ON THE HOOSIERS
“I like their coaching staff. They’re all great guys. They produced guards like Yogi Ferrell and Victor Oladipo. I’d be more like Yogi Ferrell.
“He (Ferrell) runs the team. He controls the tempo, plays hard, is very aggressive on defense and scores when his team needs him.”
ASSISTANT IN CHARGE
Chuck Martin has been the lead recruiter with Waters. Martin, who is from the New York area, and IU coach Tom Crean have been to see Waters a number of times and have given the Hoosiers a legit chance to land the top-level point guard.
At this point Indiana has one 2017 commitment, three-star combo guard Al Durham Jr. The Hoosiers could be looking to add four or five from this class given the NBA potential of Thomas Bryant, OG Anunoby and James Blackmon Jr.
As far as point guards go, Waters is a top-level point guard on both ends of the court and will impact a college team.
The most recent development was Waters’ visit to Kentucky.
UK was not one of Waters’ five listed finalists, but he made a visit there this past weekend.
Kentucky has been focused on landing either point guard Quade Green or Trae Young and has jumped in hard again with Waters recently after on-again, off-again recruitment earlier in case it doesn’t get one of those two.
Waters also has made a recent visit to Georgetown and has Kansas on his list of finalists with an official visit scheduled for Lawrence, Kan. Kansas has been focused on landing Collin Sexton, but has been consistently involved with Waters as well and is a major player.
The pre-visit take from Mike Pegram, Brian Snow and Jeff Rabjohns:
Brian Snow: The recruitment of Tremont Waters is an interesting one. Things have been quiet from a media perspective, but the key is in the middle of his visit tour. Kentucky made waves on their visit, and now Indiana has their shot. With Kansas next, it might be important for the Hoosiers to lock down Waters as quickly as possible. Look for Waters to bring playmaking ability and a high scoring point guard who competes on defense to whatever school he chooses.
Mike Pegram: You have be sure to be set at point guard because winning without a good one is so hard even with a talent laden roster. There might be bigger or slightly better point guards, but Waters is of the caliber that he raises the floor to very comfortable level for a team for the next four years. A level that can win championships. Indiana and Kentucky have great examples for him (Ferrell/Ulis) but the Hoosier interest has stayed consistently high. If the program can now show him how well he fits in and if he feels the right chemistry with the players, this is a recruitment that IU can close on by November.
Jeff Rabjohns: Tremont Waters has impressed many times, but probably the most at the NBPA Top 100 camp. That was about defense, more than any of his other considerable skills. There he was disruptive. He showed in Las Vegas in July his scoring and ability to play of the bounce, and his ability to play against longer defenders and function offensively in the lane against height, athleticism and length. His recruitment has taken several turns. Indiana has been very consistent in its pursuit, but Kentucky’s presence of late matters, as will his planned visit to Kansas, which also has other point guard options.
On a scale of one to 10 with 10 being the highest chance, we'll give this one a three, strictly speaking to a commitment to Indiana over the weekend or in the 24-48 hours after returning home, as Waters plans another visit and doesn’t plan to commit on any visit.