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LSU guard Tremont Waters (3) drives past UL-Lafayette forward JaKeenan Gant (23), Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in a first round National Invitation Tournament game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La.

After more than a month of waiting and wondering, LSU basketball fans can rest easy: Tigers star point guard Tremont Waters will be back for the upcoming season.

Waters announced late Tuesday night on his Instagram account he will return to LSU for his sophomore season after removing his name from the 2018 NBA draft.

Waters appeared on a list of 286 early entrants for the draft when it was released by the NBA on April 24, two days after the deadline for college underclassmen to announce their intention to test the draft waters.

Players who had college eligibility remaining but did not hire an agent could work out for NBA teams and attend the combine workouts, if invited, to make an informed decision about their future and still return to school.

The NCAA's deadline to withdraw from the draft is Wednesday.

Waters worked out May 5 for the Oklahoma City Thunder, which was confirmed by his father, Ed, and visited the Boston Celtics on May 21.

He was also among six players who worked out Tuesday for the Atlanta Hawks before withdrawing from the draft.

Waters said the experience of working out for teams was a "blessing that words can't describe" which helped him grasp a better understanding of the difference between the college game and the pros.

"But ... I feel it's best that I return to LSU this year and continue to improve as a player, teammate, and most importantly a young MAN!" he wrote.

Waters quietly submitted his name for the draft after a productive first season at LSU in which he was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team as voted on by the league's coaches.

He was also a first-team All-Louisiana pick by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and was the group’s freshman of the year.

Waters started 32 of LSU's 33 games and led the Tigers in three key categories with 15.9 points, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He led the SEC in steals and ranked second in assists.

A late signee last June after Will Wade took the LSU coaching job in March, Waters, who originally signed with Georgetown, was the catalyst for a season in which the Tigers finished 18-15 and earned an NIT invite.

Waters’ 198 assists were the second-most in a season for an LSU player and easily erased the school's freshman record of 158 set by Ben Simmons.

In mid-May, Wade said he didn't know what Waters would do.

“We’re just supporting him and we’re here for him, certainly, if he wants to come back,” Wade told The Advocate. “We also understand he’s got an opportunity to chase his dreams, and we’re supporting him that way, too.”

Waters didn't appear on any NBA mock drafts for this year, but earlier this month was tabbed as the 60th and final pick on a 2019 mock by

He wasn't listed, however, on that website's most recent mock draft for 2019.

Neither Waters or teammate Brandon Sampson, a junior guard who also put his name in the draft, were invited to the combine workouts.

Sampson hired an agent, however, and gave up his final year of eligibility.

One scout told The Advocate that Waters will have to improve his shooting. He hit just 41.7 percent from the field and made 35.1 percent of his shots from beyond the 3-point arc this past season.

Finishing in the lane, because he sometimes plays too fast, and on-ball defense could also be points of emphasis in the future for NBA scouts.

Listed on LSU's roster at 5 feet, 11 inches, he’s closer to 5-9 — which means he'll also have to make up for that in other ways at the next level.

On the flip side, returning to school could pay huge dividends for Waters, who has a top-five recruiting class waiting to take the court with him.

A talented cast of newcomers assembled by Wade and his staff includes McDonald’s All-American Nazreon Reid and fellow five-star Emmitt Williams, three-time Louisiana Mr. Basketball Ja’Vonte Smart and Darius Days, and transfer Kavell Bigby-Williams.

Follow Sheldon Mickles on Twitter, @MicklesAdvocate.