NEW YORK >> In a perfect world, the reporters who surrounded New Haven native Tremont Waters would have asked him about the countless number of jaw-dropping passes he delivered to his teammates at Wednesday’s Jordan Brand Classic practice at the HSS Training Center in Brooklyn.
However, with Waters’ decision to ask for and receive his release from the national letter of intent he signed with Georgetown, naturally the questions he faced were of the recruiting variety.
Waters said he has heard from Creighton head coach Greg McDermott and recently met with newly-hired Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing. Waters said that he is still considering Georgetown.
“Creighton, Kansas, Syracuse have come into play, a bunch of other schools,” Waters said. “Creighton hit me up yesterday. My dad has been dealing with the other coaches. UConn is (involved) too.”
Waters wasn’t ready to make a declaration of when he would be announcing his college decision.
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“As soon as possible,” Waters said. “I am not going to put a time frame on it, just as soon as possible. It is stressful once again. At this moment. I haven’t really heard from the coaches directly. My dad has been dealing with it, I am trying to keep working out, check in with him daily and just see what is going on.”
The Creighton situation presents some issues since the Big East has regulations preventing a player from signing with one Big East school and then becoming a scholarship player at another school within the conference.
When asked specifically about visiting UConn, Waters said, ‘I’ve think I’ve visited enough, being from Connecticut and going to camps so I think I’ve visited enough.”
Waters continues to keep tabs on the incoming freshmen and returning players on the teams he is considering. He is more than happy to let his father handle much of the heavy lifting in the recruiting process.
“It gives me a chance to focus on school and basketball, not deal with all the media, all the coaches so I just stay focused and keep working out,” said Waters, who will be playing for the East team in Friday’s Jordan Brand Classic at the Barclays Center (8 p.m., ESPN2).
Waters said the rumors surrounding the coaching future of John Thompson III, who was fired after the season ended, played a major role in requesting to be released from his commitment to Georgetown.
“I saw tweets about Coach Thompson being fired and rumors about it,” Waters said. “The season didn’t go that well and more and more tweets and stories about him being fired. I wanted to go into a situation where I didn’t have to worry about my coach getting fired so I asked for my release.
“The same day (Ewing was hired) he reached out. He said we are going to keep in touch.”
Waters had an interesting reaction to meeting Ewing.
“It was really good,” Waters said. “I was shocked when I saw him, I didn’t think he was that tall but he is saying the same thing that Coach John Thompson was saying.”
So what is Waters looking for in his college of choice?
“Pretty much any system I go into I will be able to perform to the best of my abilities and make the team better,” Waters said. “I also want to see who is going to what schools as far as bigs and guards wise.”
Right now Waters’ emphasis is on playing in the Jordan Brand Classic.
“It is a dream come true to come from a small city like New Haven and we don’t get recruited a lot,” Waters said. “It is just a humbling experience, I am blessed to be here.”