John Thompson III just won a big recruiting battle.
Tremont Waters, a top-40 recruit in the Class of 2017, committed to Georgetown on Wednesday at a ceremony at his high school.
The four-star point guard chose the Hoyas after visiting the school last weekend.
“The feeling I had when I went to Georgetown, everyone pretty much welcomed me into the family,” Waters told reporters Wednesday. “I feel like they’re saying I won’t be there for four years, but I’ll be a part of the family the rest of my life.
“That’s why I chose them.”
Waters, a Connecticut native, becomes the first, and a pivotal, commit for Thompson in the 2017 class.
“Tremont Waters is a great grab for the Hoyas as he gives them a pass-first floor leader who is accustomed to making his big men better,” NBCSports.com recruiting analyst Scott Phillips said. “With a Georgetown roster so full of front court players, Waters should be able to get those guys a lot of looks.”
It’s also worth noting that the Hoyas beat out Kentucky, Indiana and Kansas for Waters. Georgetown’s recruiting hasn’t exactly fallen off a cliff in recent years, but the Hoyas haven’t been landing players at the highest levels lately, either.
Waters’ decision to join the Hoyas over those other blue bloods is at least a strong sign that the Georgetown name still carries weight in recruiting circles and with top recruits.