Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
St. John’s signee Amir Garrett may be selected in today’s MLB First-Year Player Draft, but he says he will still play basketball.
“Naw I’m still playin its hard to explain but yeah I’m still hoopin,” Garrett Tweeted early Tuesday.
He added that he’s “not playing baseball at St. John’s.”
The 6-foot-5 left-hander from California has been clocked throwing the baseball in the mid-90s and has drawn interest from MLB scouts.
Garrett told SI.com that baseball was his “first love” and his father, Darryl, described Amir to the site as “a baseball player who plays basketball.”
SI.com cited a source close to the family saying if Garrett was selected in the first seven rounds and offered a bonus of around $1.5 million, he would “drop everything” and enter the minors.
An athletic wing, Garrett is part of the nine-man recruiting class head coach Steve Lavin has assembled that is ranked among the Top 3 nationally.
“We have encouraged Amir to continue working to develop into the best basketball and baseball player he is capable of becoming,” Lavin said in a statement.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.