The LSU basketball team received a big boost on Tuesday night as point guard Tremont Waters announced that he would be returning to LSU for his sophomore season.
Waters announced his decision on his Instagram page.
Waters enjoyed a standout freshman season for LSU as he averaged 16.0 points per game while dishing out 6.0 assists, which was the second-best mark in the conference. He also led the SEC in steals this past season with 2.0 per game.
In addition to bringing back Waters, who led LSU in scoring last season, coach Will Wade will be welcoming one of the top recruiting classes in the country. Per the 247Sports composite rankings, LSU has the No. 3 class in the country, behind only Kentucky and Duke. The LSU class is highlighted by 5-star prospects Naz Reid and Emmitt Williams.
While the class also includes 4-star combo guard Javonte Smart, it does not include a true point guard like Waters.
This past season, LSU went 18-15 and saw its season end in the NIT with a loss to Utah. With Waters and the rest of the talent coming into the program, Wade should certainly contend for a spot in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. LSU has not made the NCAA Tournament since the 2014-15 season, when Johnny Jones was the program’s coach.