Another night, another Tiger declaring themselves eligible for the NBA draft.
LSU sophomore point guard Tremont Waters announced late Thursday night he would be declaring for the NBA via his Instagram. Waters said the following:
The announcement comes nearly 24 hours after freshman forward Naz Reid declared he too would be leaving LSU for the draft. Waters declared for the draft last season but ultimately decided to return to school for his sophomore season. The decision proved to be a wise one as Waters made first-team All-SEC, was the league’s co-defensive player of the year and was named a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, handed out to the country’s best point guard. Waters was also named an honorable mention for the AP All-America team.
This season, in addition to running point for the SEC regular season champions, Waters averaged 15.3 points, 5.8 assists and 2.8 steals while shooting 32 percent from the three-point line. Waters also set the LSU single season record for steals in a season, and cracked 1,000 career points.
The deadline to withdraw from the NBA Draft is May 29. The draft will be held June 20 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Because of Waters’ diminutive size, his NBA future is murky. The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie has Waters as the No. 99 ranked prospect for the draft. The draft only consists of 60 selections. Waters has remarkable ball-handling skills and can shoot from anywhere, but size will always be the big question mark. Whatever his future holds, however, we wish Waters all the best.