NEW HAVEN >> Tremont Waters was back in the place where it all started, the Farnam Neighborhood House, a good place to let everyone know where the next phase of his life will be.
From Greens Farms Academy in Westport to South Kent and now Notre Dame-West Haven for his final high school season, Waters, a New Haven resident, has seemingly come full circle.
And on Wednesday afternoon, in front of family and friends, in the place where he grew up playing basketball, he made a verbal commitment to play college basketball at Georgetown University.
“I feel like I’m a well-rounded kid. I didn’t go in looking at just the basketball aspect or just the books or personnel there,” said Waters, a 5-foot-10 point guard. “At every school I went to, I wanted to see if everything was balanced. One day, one’s not going to be there. I wanted to look at the best fit all around.”
His original list of seven schools was narrowed down to the four he made official visits to: Georgetown, Indiana, Kentucky and Kansas. UConn, Yale and Duke were eliminated.
Three hats sat on the table in front of Waters and his parents, Ed and Vanessa: Georgetown, Kentucky and Indiana. After reading an opening statement, Waters wasted no time in announcing his decision, then putting on the Georgetown baseball cap.
“How hard was it to turn down Kentucky? It’s Kentucky. … It’s a great school, but you have to be really tough to leave there without committing.”
Said Ed Waters: “Georgetown from day one was, ‘We love him, we want him, what can we do? So we visit them first and they never once made my wife or myself feel pressured to make a decision right now. They were extremely patient.”
Waters, who is ranked No. 41 nationally by Scout.com among current high school seniors, averaged 25 points last season at South Kent prep.
He transferred to Notre Dame-West Haven in August. He doesn’t remember the last day when someone didn’t ask him where he was going to college.
“Tremont is very level-headed,” said Jason Shea, Notre Dame’s head coach who also has Waters in class for both government and accounting. “He is down to Earth. For us it’s different to have a player of his caliber, but it hasn’t been anything we can’t handle. He does his work, he’s smart, intelligent, articulate. He’s the real deal. He is as advertised.”
Waters said he made his decision last Saturday during his second visit — an unofficial one — to Georgetown’s Washington, D.C., campus. Waters said he called Kentucky assistant coach Tony Barbee to let him know his decision and Ed Waters let Indiana know Wednesday morning.
“It was a feeling of relief for all of us,” Tremont Waters said. “They (Georgetown) waited so long from the beginning. They were my first visit. To have me visit Kentucky, Indiana and Kansas after, they had to wait four weeks and they didn’t message me a lot. They were just being patient. I was all in after I went back (for a second time).”
He grew up idolizing Allen Iverson.
“Allen Iverson is a great example of what I can become,” Waters said.
Now the folks at Notre Dame and in the Elm City get a full season of Waters that tips Dec. 17.