Former LSU Basketball Starter Tremont Waters leads Puerto Rico to the Olympics

Italy v Puerto Rico: Group I - FIBA Basketball World Cup
Italy v Puerto Rico: Group I - FIBA Basketball World Cup / Ezra Acayan/GettyImages

This past week saw the FIBA Olympic Qualifying tournament take place as nation's competed for the final four spots in the upcoming Summer Olympics in France. There were 24 teams competing for the four spots with Puerto Rico, Greece, Brazil, and Spain earning spots in the Olympic Games.

The Puerto Rican National Team was led by two players with NBA experience with Jose Alvarado and former LSU Basketball player Tremont Waters. The duo has led Puerto Rico to the Summer Olympics in basketball for the first time since 2004 where Puerto Rico beat USA in group play but fell in the first game of the Knockout Stages.

This tournament, Tremont Waters was easily one of the standout players in a tournament with NBA Superstars like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic. In the game that sent Puerto Rico to the Olympics, Waters scored 18 points on 6-17 shooting with 3 assists and two steals.

In the Semifinal game, Waters scored 24 Points on 7-10 shooting with four assists, three rebounds, and a steal. The Puerto Rican National team was able to expand its lead in the third quarter as Watford scored 15 of his 24 points in the quarter.

Water performance in the tournament earned him a spot on the All-Star Five for the tournament alongside Jose Alvarado, Danilo Gallinari, Marius Grigonis, and Joshua Ibarra.

Another LSU Tiger to root for at the Summer Olympics

The Puerto Rican National team qualifying for the Olympics gives us another former LSU Tiger to root for at the Summer Olympics. The Australian National team gives us another two LSU Tigers competing for Gold as Duop Reath will play while David Patrick will be on the coaching staff. Overall, there will be a ton of former LSU Tigers at the Olympic games with plenty of chances to add Olympic Medals to LSU's trophy count.

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