Southern Jam Fest: Loaded NC’s Waterman taking advantage of the spotlight

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The last few months have been very kind to Zane Waterman.

The 6-foot-8, 205 pound forward has been putting in the work to become better on the court, and it’s paid off with numerous colleges offering scholarships and even more showing interest.

I’ve gotten a lot stronger,” Waterman said on Saturday. “I’ve learned a lot about the mental part of the game and I’ve just gotten a lot better, that’s all I can say.”

Back at the Philly Jam Fest, Waterman played a huge role in Team Loaded NC’s championship game in King of Prussia, scoring the final five points in the last minute to secure the 17u championship.

“I think it’s to be a hustler,” Waterman said Saturday about his role on Team Loaded NC. “I can score, I can rebound, I can play defense, I just have to come out and play with a good motor.”

In three weeks since that championship win, Waterman has added four scholarship offers from Appalachian State, Charlotte, St. Joseph’s and Southern Miss, as well as already have offers in hand from Winthrop, UNC Asheville, Liberty and Gardner-Webb. On top of those offers, Cincinnati, Wake Forest and NC State continue to show interest in the rising 2014 forward.

Waterman, with his high motor and all-out style, is a big reason why Team Loaded NC is still fighting for the chance to become the Southern Jam Fest 17u champions. The forward was a member of the Carolina Titans before joining Loaded NC and, on a team with numerous players getting looks from high-major schools, Waterman flew under the radar.

But, as the days go on and he continues to impress, Waterman is no longer catching anyone by surprise.

“I think I’m just as good as these guys,” Waterman said. “But I think it helps me because I didn’t get exposed as much as they did when I was younger. Obviously it helped a lot after the Philly Jam Fest.”

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