South Kent School has a history of sending diminutive guards to high-major college programs, and Tremont Waters could be the next in line.
A rising junior, Waters still has time to add height to his listed 5-10 frame. He might surpass South Kent alum and Memphis Grizzlies guard Russ Smith (6-foot), who won a national championship with Louisville. He already has an inch on former South Kent point guard Isaiah Thomas (5-9), a member of the Boston Celtics.
Despite being two years away from college, Waters has a long list of suitors. St. John's, he said, is one of several schools that offered him a scholarship.
"It boosts my confidence just to know that being little isn't a reason you can't go to the league," Waters said Thursday at the adidas Uprising All-American Camp at LIU Post, referring to the NBA.
South Kent coach Kelvin Jefferson said, even as a sophomore at the Connecticut private school, Waters displayed a high basketball IQ and "an understanding of the game beyond his years."
"You don't see that too much at the high school level, especially for a guy who's just leaving his sophomore year," Jefferson said. "If he continues to develop and get stronger, the sky's the limit for him. He's really got a high ceiling."
Right now, Waters is quick, can connect regularly from long range -- he buried 4 of 10 three-pointers in the camp's first four games -- and can run a team's offense.
"I have to get a lot stronger and just value every possession and not turn the ball over," Waters said. "I don't turn it over as much, but I'm still trying to cut down on turnovers. I'm just trying to run the team and get the best opportunities for our team."
Because Waters is still in the early stages of the recruiting process, he has not trimmed his list of suitors.
"The family hasn't really sat down to say, 'OK, this school is in the lead,' or anything like that," Jefferson said. "They're really just concentrating on developing as a player, making sure he stays the course in the classroom, which he has been doing."
Jordan Tucker is another St. John's target in the Class of 2017.
"I like the coaching staff at St. John's," said Tucker, a 6-8 guard/forward from Archbishop Stepinac in White Plains. "I took a visit there. They told me the system would be perfect for me as a shooter who can push the ball."
Tucker, who averaged nine points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists through the camp's first four games, said he probably will not begin eliminating schools from his list until next year.