What’s in Store for Lindy Waters After Shining in First Game as a Sophomore?

Written by Kyle Porter

I have to confess that I’ve been on the Lindy Waters Train since I first saw him play last year as a freshman. He just has … the look. Of course I said much of the same about Leyton Hammonds so I’m not sure why you should listen to me, but if last Friday’s game against Pepperdine was any indication, Waters is primed for a terrific sophomore season.

And Oklahoma State is going to need every bit of it.

Waters put up a 14-7-3-1-1 line and was the KenPom MVP of the game. Coach Mike Boynton said afterwards that No. 21 has improved maybe more than any other player he has from year over year.

“I’ve said all along that he and Mitchell Solomon had the best springs and summers of anybody on our team,” said Boynton. “They both took major strides in terms of building their bodies and becoming durable, but also from a skills standpoint, those guys did a good job of improving their individual ability. I wasn’t really surprised to see him come out and play well.”

How good can Waters be, though? He can’t make a Jeffrey Carroll-type leap after playing just 15.9 minutes last year, can he? I say no, but the numbers are pretty compelling.

I pulled Lindy’s per-100 possession numbers from his freshman year and stacked those against Carroll’s per-100 possession numbers from his freshman and sophomore years.

Season Player MP TRB AST STL BLK TOV PTS ORtg
2016-17 Waters (Fr.) 15.9 6.3 2.8 2.1 0.1 3.6 19.6 116.5
2014-15 Carroll (Fr.) 11.4 9.9 1.7 1.2 1.2 1.5 21.3 106.3
2015-16 Carroll (So.) 24.6 9.9 1.6 1.4 0.7 2.9 20.6 100.5

Pretty interesting, right? Those numbers aren’t everything, but freshman Waters sure looks a lot like freshman Carroll. The question is whether sophomore Waters will continue that trajectory.

“I’m a lot more comfortable knowing what every game is gonna be like, whether it’s non-conference or Big 12,” said Waters. “I just wanted to be more aggressive offensively, knowing that we didn’t have a couple pieces but still share the ball and play as unselfish as possible.”

I’m excited about Waters’ future in Stillwater and excited to watch him play the rest of this season. Hopefully he can help shoulder the load until No. 30 returns (if No. 30 returns) and develop into a future No. 2 or No. 3 guy. Also … hopefully OSU can find a future No. 1 guy to pair with him.

  • StillOriginal

    Glad to see they will be wearing the N7 jerseys tonight in honor of Native American heritage month. Represent for our culture Lindy!

  • LG

    What is happening with Duncan Demuth? Why have we not heard of him signing in the early signing period? When does early signing end?

    • Drew

      Saw on Twitter he is signing this afternoon at his school.

  • Doc Holliday

    He’ll be on a team that may not win a conference game this year…..Sorry Eddie

    • austinpoke

      You know nothing about college hoops if you think this team won’t win a conference game.

      I’m sure our current roster of players and coaches (including Scott Sutton) are overjoyed with your “support” of this team.

      • W Earp

        Ignore him. He’s not even the real Doc Holliday.

      • Doc Holliday

        Boynton or Boykin or whatever his name has never been a HC will be coaching against Bill self, Jamie Dixon, Bob Huggins and Lon Kruger……….what could go wrong

        • Joey

          Self, Dixon, Huggins, Kruger were all once assistants at one point.

        • David
          • Doc Holliday

            Michigan native…from around that area MSU is his dream job…Boykin isn’t one of us

          • David

            Give it at least a season or two. He could end up being the next Izzo for all we know.

          • Doc Holliday

            Just think it’s sad that Eddie will probably leave this World seeing his once outstanding program be in the sad state it is now

          • David

            Seems to like Boynton. So does his son.

    • Philo Farnsworth

      Have you apologized to Mitchell Solomon yet? Docs always negative.

      • Doc Holliday

        Mitchell Solomon would never have been recruited by Eddie

        • Philo Farnsworth

          So no you haven’t! You’re speculating doc plenty of Mitch’s with less talent were recruited by & played for eddie. & if you think Eddie wouldn’t want Solomon on his team,,, then you’re delusional…

          • Doc Holliday

            Aren’t you the same guy who thought Travis Ford deserved longer?

          • Philo Farnsworth

            No doc I thought Travis Ford got more than enough time , Are you really so sensitive you can’t admit you were wrong about Solomon

          • Doc Holliday

            Ok he’s an average to below average college forward who has no chance of playing at the next level……how’s that?

          • Philo Farnsworth

            So you were wrong… Good now that we got that out of the way maybe you can try being a little more positive.

          • Doc Holliday

            IMAC would eat his lunch

  • T-Bone

    So if Carrol did nothing wrong, why is he missing games now? Something is not right.

    • David

      Nope.

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  • Philo Farnsworth

    If they get Carroll back this team could be good & fun to watch. I get the negative feelings considering what transpired BUT, you’d have to be blind to not see their potential.