What was I thinking during Tremont Waters’ game-winning block?
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Question of the Day: Friday, Dec. 15
It’s Friday, and Friday should be fun. So I’m turning to KATC-TV sports anchor Seth Lewis for this week’s final LSU Question of the Day.
— Seth Lewis (@SethLewisInc) December 15, 2017
Indeed, that is me observing LSU freshman point guard Tremont Waters’ stunning, game-clinching blocked shot in the Tigers’ 80-77 win over Houston on Wednesday night. If you missed it, you’ve got to see it:
— LSU Basketball (@LSUBasketball) December 14, 2017
As for my personal thought process, my initial thought as the play was developing was, “I’m glad I can finally pay attention to this game.”
The previous hour had been spent confirming that LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes was leaving to become BYU’s offensive coordinator, then having it followed by the bombshell that the Tigers already had Grimes’ replacement lined up.
So the look on my face at the moment the ball is released is likely, “Oh brother, on top of all that, this game is going to overtime.”
What you can’t see in this picture is the utter amazement that follows. First, there’s the realization that Waters, who is generously listed at 5-foot-11, has the vertical leap to stuff this ball at the apex of shooter Corey Davis Jr.’s release. My next thought was something like, “Whoa, he got all ball.”
The final thought: Tremont Waters is something else. Though he’s only a freshman, he has already demonstrated a remarkable knack for playmaking all over the floor. This was his first career blocked shot, and naturally it came to stave off a buzzer-beater.
I cannot recommend strongly enough that LSU fans get out to the PMAC to see Waters and the new-look Tigers. He is a special player, and fortunately for LSU fans his small stature may keep him around campus longer than his talent level dictates.
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