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Syracuse recruiting: Orange will have to wait to pursue Tremont Waters

There’s some technicalities to work out before anything happens.

Elite 2017 point guard Tremont Waters celebrates his Jordan Brand Classic nomination.
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Earlier on Monday,’s Jeff Borzello reported that Syracuse and Duke were expected to get involved in the recruitment of 2017 point guard Tremont Waters.

Over the weekend, it was reported that Waters asked for his release from his national letter of intent from Georgetown.

Syracuse, however, will have to wait until he is officially released from the letter of intent before contacting, otherwise it’s an NCAA violation. A source close to the Syracuse program confirmed that to TNIAAM back on Monday.

In an interesting development over the weekend, the Orange coaches finally extended an offer to Class of 2017 point guard Howard Washington, who attends Athlete Institute in Canada. He’s teammates with 2017 signee Oshae Brissett.

It’s clear that Syracuse is looking to add depth at the point guard position, as they’ll have a few scholarships to play with due to the graduation of five scholarship players.

With John Gillon set to graduate, Frank Howard will be the only scholarship point guard on next year’s roster at this point. That’s worrisome for the Orange.

Syracuse has also been showing interest in 2017 prospect Chris Duarte, but haven’t offered. A source close to the program told TNIAAM that the staff has been cautious due to possibly NCAA Clearing House issues regarding Duarte’s eligibility.

The Orange coaches have extended an offer to 2018 guard Eric Ayala, who could reclassify to 2017 — but is yet to make a decision. The offer is good for whichever year Ayala decides to enroll in college.