It’s funny how recruiting goes.
This time last week, Tremont Waters seemed bound for UK. One week later, Indiana looks like a lock to land the four-star point guard.
Now, Waters is set to make his college decision on Wednesday, according to Joe Morelli of GameTime Connecticut. If that ends up being the case, IU has all of the momentum heading into Waters’ decision, though Georgetown is also in the running for Waters after they recently hosted him for a visit.
Waters, a New Haven resident, will make that decision at 4 p.m. the Farnam House in New Haven, where he grew up playing. The seven schools in the running are: Duke, Kentucky, Indiana, UConn, Georgetown, Kansas and Yale.
When reached by phone Tuesday afternoon, Ed Waters, Tremont’s father, said the list has been reduced to four, but wouldn’t say which four. He said the family would discuss it further Tuesday evening.
“I now can see why people take so long to make a decision. They want to be 110 percent sure,” Ed Waters said. “This is a commitment you have to live with for 40 years.”
Waters confirmed that Kentucky coach John Calipari “was here three times”, Kansas coach Bill self once, Georgetown coach John Thompson III twice, but not UConn coach Kevin Ollie. He also said Indiana sent an assistant. Waters said he gets calls from various people interested in his son’s decision “between four to seven times a day.”
As Assembly Call points out, Waters’ 247 Crystal Ball has shifted dramatically in recent weeks, as it’s gone from UConn to Kentucky to now Indiana being the favorite.
If Waters commits to Indiana, UK is still in the running for Quade Green and Trae Young, who have been higher on UK’s board all along. The problem has been getting both to come to UK, so Waters became a real option as the second point guard in this class, but that opportunity may have come and gone...
Part of UK’s pursuit of Waters also likely had to do with Nick Richards, a five-star center in 2017. Richards played alongside Waters for the Expressions Elite in the Nike EYBL last season, so there’s a bond between the two.
Richards and Waters have visited UK over the past month, and UK is still viewed as the favorite for Richards, regardless of what Waters does. If Waters does commit to a different school on Wednesday, expect John Calipari to make a harder push for Green and Young, both of whom are coming off a great visit to UK as well.