Tremont Waters was selected by the Boston Celtics in the second round, 51st overall, in Thursday night’s 2019 NBA Draft.
Waters is the first Tiger drafted since Ben Simmons was selected first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2016. Waters was also the only Tiger selected, as Naz Reid did not hear his name called Thursday night.
A native of New Haven, Conn., Waters left LSU after a stellar sophomore season. Waters made the All-SEC First Team, the All-SEC Defensive Team and was the league’s co-defensive player of the year this past season. Waters was also a Bob Cousy Award Finalist, handed out to the country’s most outstanding point guard.
Waters’ active hands on the defensive end made him the SEC leader in steals and fourth in the nation with 2.9 a game. He set a new single season school record with 96 steals in the 2018-19 season. Waters also became the 42nd player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career points in the Tigers’ win over Maryland in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
With Boston expected to lose point guard Kyrie Irving this offseason, there’s a chance Waters can make a name for himself for the Celtics. The NBA’s Summer League begins Friday July 5th.