Waterman's strong April leads to new offers

HAMPTON, Va. – Despite playing on a team with three players headed to the ACC, Zane Waterman made a definite impact for Team Loaded NC at The Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest this weekend.

A class of 2014 power forward from Fayetteville Academy (NC), Waterman already has numerous programs, mostly on the Atlantic Seaboard, pursuing him.

The 6-foot-8, 205- pounder lists scholarship offers from Gardner-Webb, UNC-Asheville, Liberty, Winthrop, Manhattan, Appalachian State, St. Joe's, Charlotte, and Southern Miss. In addition, he said that he is receiving interest from North Carolina State, Cincinnati, Wake Forest, San Francisco and "some other schools up North."

At this point, Waterman does not claim any favorites in his recruitment.

"No, not really," he said. "I haven't really narrowed anything down." While Waterman may not have any leaders, there are a few schools that have already gotten him on campus. He said he has tripped to Winthrop, George Mason, UNC-Asheville, UNC-Wilmington, and Wake Forest.

The big man, who has no other trips planned, talked about when he would like to make his college decision.

"Next year, by the end of basketball season probably," Waterman said.

He added that has not given consideration to whether he would like to sign early or wait until the late period.

What Waterman has thought about though, is what he is looking to find in school.

"Somewhere I can play my position and find something I can major in and somewhere I can come in and get playing time automatically. Well, earn playing time," Waterman said.

Asked what he means when he talks about his position, Waterman replied, "I'm a stretch four. I can play inside and out. So, anywhere that they'll be able to put me in there and I can do that in their system."

Regarding his major, Waterman is still up in the air about what area of study he wants to concentrate on.

"I haven't thought about it," Waterman said. "I want to stay in athletics, but I'm not sure what I want to do."

Waterman, who noted that location will not be a factor for him, shared some thoughts about St. Joe's.

"They've offered and they're just talking to me," Waterman began. "They want me to come up for a visit maybe this summer or in the fall. Actually, one of St. Joe's point guards, [Chris Wilson], is from Fayetteville, so I played with him in pickup sometimes. It's cool, I got to meet him and he tells me it's a nice school."

The frontcourt prospect said he "played with [Wilson] all last week in pickup." However, Wilson is not exactly recruiting Waterman to join him in Philadelphia.

"No, just talking to me," Waterman said of Wilson. "I mean, I asked him some questions. He really hasn't said anything."

As for the St. Joe's coaching staff, Waterman said he has been in touch with assistant coach David Duda and head coach Phil Martelli.

Waterman said that Martelli "seems like a nice guy" and also mentioned that he "would like to visit" St. Joe's.

The Tar Heel State recruit also shed some light on the type of player he feels he is on the hardwood, beginning with his main strengths.

"Shooting and hustling," Waterman said. "I can do everything, I can shoot, I can beat you inside, I can rebound, I can play defense. Just shooting—scoring and hustling mainly."

Regarding his primary weakness, Waterman commented, "Probably ball handling. I've been working on it. It's not terrible."

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