Waterman down to three

Fayetteville (NC) senior forward Zane Waterman parlayed a strong April into a number of new offers. He has whittled that list down to three now, and spoke with Hawk Hill Hardwood on Friday about where his recruitment stands.

6'8 combo forward Zane Waterman played with Team Loaded (NC) during the April and July live periods, and impressed coaches and scouts alike with his motor, toughness, and ability to know down perimeter shots. "The summer went pretty good," Waterman began. "We won the Hoop Group event in April, and that's when my recruiting really heated up."

While his recruiting heated up in April, Zane all along had something in mind when it came to the schools he was considering. "I've been narrowing it down for a while, and focusing in on the schools that have been in touch the most. Looking at what schools are talking with me the most," he added.

The three schools that Waterman is focused in on at this point are Saint Joseph's, Manhattan, and Charlotte, in no particular order. Richmond was on Waterman's list until very recently, when the Spiders got a commitment from 6'6 forward Chandler Diekvoss.

In June, Zane took his first official visit to Hawk Hill.

"I visited St. Joe's back in June," Zane explained. "I really liked the school as a whole, liked the coaching staff a lot, liked the campus environment. Everything really, I had a good time."

While St. Joe's is his only official visit to date, that will be changing in the near future. "I'm visiting Charlotte the weekend of August 31st," he told Hawk Hill Hardwood. "That will be an official visit. I've been to Charlotte before because my brother goes there, but this will be an official," Waterman continued.

To date, Zane has not been to the other finalist on his list, Manhattan, nor does he have a date lined up at the moment.

Charlotte, St. Joe's, and Manhattan made the cut for Zane Waterman, and he has a bit of a timeline when it comes to making a commitment. "I don't have a specific date or anything, but I do want to commit the end of September, before October," he said.

As for what type of player one of these three schools will be getting, Waterman described his game to Hawk Hill Hardwood.

"I would say that I'm a 3 that can also play inside," Zane began. "Because I'm 6'8, I can play inside, but then I can shoot too. I'd say I can play either spot (3 or 4)."

Zane played a slightly different role on the AAU circuit than he does for his high school team at Fayetteville, and he expounded on that. "I didn't really shoot the ball much for Team Loaded because we had so many guards. I mostly played inside. But for high school, I play much differently. I shot something like 45 or 50 percent from three last year."

With a visit to Hawk Hill behind him and a scheduled official visit to Charlotte at the end of this month, the Hawks and 49ers, along with the Jaspers, make up Zane Waterman's final three. One of those schools will likely be getting a pledge from the 6'8 combo forward in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to Hawk Hill Hardwood for the latest on Zane Waterman's recruitment.

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