LSU Basketball vs Alcorn St.

LSU point guard Tremont Waters (3) drives to the basket for two of his game-high 27 points in Friday night's season opener against Alcorn State.

Photos by Jonathan Mailhes

After wowing a large home crowd Friday night, LSU freshman point guard Tremont Waters wowed the Southeastern Conference on Monday.

Waters was named SEC freshman of the week for his efforts in LSU’s season-opening 99-59 bashing of Alcorn State, which came in front of a paid crowd of 11,856 — the school’s largest for a men’s basketball season opener in 26 years.

Waters, a 5-foot-11, 167-pound guard from New Haven, Connecticut, poured in a game-high 27 points — with 18 of them coming in the first half.

He also had six assists, five rebounds and five steals in 27 minutes of playing time and finished 9-of-13 from the field after knocking down his final eight shots.

He committed just one turnover as LSU, which shot 61.0 percent from the floor, gave the ball away only seven times.

Waters’ 27-point night was the third-highest by a freshman in all Division I games that were played Friday and Saturday night, helping new LSU coach Will Wade collect a victory in his debut on the Tigers’ sideline.

Reid signs on

As expected, Wade received a signed national letter of intent Monday from five-star prospect Nazreon Reid of Asbury Park, New Jersey.

A 6-10, 240-pound power forward for Roselle Catholic High, Reid is ranked 17th overall in the Class of 2018 on the 247Sports composite rankings and comes in at No. 18 on the ESPN 100 list.

Reid, who has an 89-inch wingspan, averaged 13.8 points and 9.1 rebounds a game as a junior.

Reid joins a pair of four-star recruits signed last week by Wade: Scotlandville High point guard Ja'Vonte Smart and power forward Darius Days of Raleigh, Florida.

According to the 247Sports composite team rankings, LSU currently has the No. 4 recruiting class in the country behind Duke, North Carolina and Kansas.

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