He admitted though that he was a little bit discouraged as he played through his junior season at Norman North without receiving an offer from Oklahoma, which was the first school to approach him with interest.
One great weekend in Indianapolis and not only did an offer come from Oklahoma, but since he averaged 21 points per game – never scoring less than 18 in any contest – from April 24 to 26 at the Adidas Gauntlet, the 2016 6-foot-6 wing prospect has received 15 offers.
“The ball was definitely coming off well for me that weekend,” Waters said.
Right now, Waters holds offers from Davidson, Stephen F. Austin, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Mercer, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, George Mason and Houston. He said he has an idea of which schools he wants to visit but won’t decide on his five official visits until after the July session.
Waters made unofficial visits to Mercer, Stephen F. Austin and Central Arkansas last year.
Oklahoma is still very much in the picture.
“They’re definitely one of the top schools so far,” Waters said. “I wouldn’t say No. 1. Since they’re definitely right in my backyard, it would be a top choice.”
Waters’ discouragement went away when he finally spoke to Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger after his standout performance in Indianapolis. Waters said that Kruger just wanted to see him have that breakout performance and show the entirety of his game – unveil his potential.
”At the time, it felt really great – like my hard work is paying off,” Waters said of getting the Oklahoma offer. “. . . It was a little late, but I had talked to coach Kruger about it. He had just said he was waiting for that one weekend where I come out and really showcase how well I can play. Once he saw that, he finally squeezed the trigger on me.”
The Adidas Gauntlet was a jumping off point for Waters, who plays with the Oklahoma Wizards. He said that he was a bit overwhelmed after the tournament and surprised by his own numbers when he checked the box score after the games.
Waters said he felt like he was “down the list” of Oklahoma’s top targets before the offer came and that he was working his way up.
It disappointed him when he saw other players at his position getting offers.
“Then after getting the explanation, I feel great,” Waters said. “I’m still gonna work hard, but after the OU offer, it really felt like everything was paying off.”