NEW HAVEN >> After preparing the stage for this year’s edition of a youth basketball tournament, the city went looking for its star performer.
They didn’t have to look too far. New Haven’s own Tremont Waters seemed up to the challenge.
The highly-touted graduate of Notre Dame-West Haven will play basketball at LSU this fall. The Register and Gatorade State Player of the Year, Waters’ addition to the three-on-three, newly named Connecticut Big Three Ball Out tourney starting this weekend was something of a coup for City Youth Services Director Jason Bartlett. Waters will host a basketball clinic with his father, Edward, during the tournament. Tremont Waters thanked Bartlett, Mayor Toni Harp and Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim for helping organize the event.
“I wish I had it when I was younger,” Waters said. “Obviously, I didn’t, so I had to do it on my own.”
Waters started out playing locally at the Farnam Neighborhood House. His connection to the city will be further cemented after Mayor Toni Harp declared Saturday will be Tremont Waters Day.
“I know it’s going to be a great event,” Waters said.
Bartlett said Tuesday he had tried to get a high-profile player to inject some swagger into the tournament, which previously was affiliated with a national organization but will be completely city-run this year. After disbanding from the national organization, the city took the step of purchasing all of the basketball equipment for the tournament, which will be laid out along Church Street. The tournament starts Saturday and runs through Sunday.
“New Haven, when we…
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