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Monday / September 23.
  • Garrett Says St. John’s, Oregon Top List

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    Amir Garrett, a four-star wing from Las Vegas, says St. John’s and Oregon top his recruiting list right now.

    “I’m considering St. John’s and Oregon,” the 6-foot-6, 194-pound Garrett said by phone from the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game in Venice Beach, Calif. “They’re at the top right now.”

    The No. 16 small forward in the Class of 2011 according to Rivals, Garrett is also considering Boston College, Kansas and Miami.

    Garrett, who will play at national power Findlay Prep in Las Vegas this season, said  he’s still planning out his schedule of official visits with his father

    “I’m gonna visit Kansas for sure, and Miami,” he said. “I took an unofficial to Boston College already. I might try to take an official there.”

    Garrett is one of several West Coast players new St. John’s coach Steve Lavin is targeting and so far it is paying off.

    “Lavin’s a good coach,” Garrett said. “He develops good players. He has a winning tradition. He’s a good coach, a good person. His coaching staff is pretty good.”

    As for Oregon, Garrett likes the feeling he gets from Dana Altman’s staff.

    “I talked to them,” he said. “They make you feel like you’re a part of them. They’re looking to turn around their program. The coach is good. They sound like good people.”

    A left-hander, Garrett is also a baseball pitcher who has been clocked up to 95 mph.

    He said he might also play baseball in college.

    “Hopefully, that’s what I’m planning to do,” he said.

    As for what he’ll bring on the basketball court, Garrett is an athletic wing who can create mismatches.

    “I’m very versatile,” he said. “I’m really good on the wing. I get to the basket pretty good. I can handle the rock. I create mismatches for defenders. Usually they put their biggest guys on me. But I’m too quick. I go inside if there’s a little defender on me. And I go outside and hit the jumper on a bigger defender. I’m a mismatch for anyone guarding me.”

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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.