The father of a recently drafted Boston Celtics player was mysteriously found dead in a Connecticut hotel room, according to a report Friday.
Edwin Waters Jr. — the father of 21-year-old point guard Tremont Waters — was pronounced dead Thursday at a Super 8 Hotel in West Haven, cops told the Connecticut Post.
Police responded to a call about a sick or injured person at the hotel around noon, and were investigating his untimely death, the paper reported. His cause of death was not immediately known.
Waters, a star player for Notre Dame High School in New Haven, signed a contract with the Celtics earlier this week. He was the 51st pick in the 2019 NBA draft.
He also played for the LSU Tigers and was named the 2019 co-Defensive Player of the Year.
His parents, who called themselves Team Waters, worked hard to keep him grounded as a youth.
“I always taught him how to be a great young man. What I love about sports, basketball teaches him leadership, how to lead by example, and how to be responsible for other people,” Edwin Waters told the New Haven Register in 2013.
“I just want him to one day get a degree from college and be able to feed himself, his loved ones, his kids later on in life. We love basketball, but it’s all about what type of young man he’s going to be, what type of husband, what type of father, a leader in his own community,” he added.