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Amir Garrett is still considering Oregon and St. John’s as his top two schools, but said he may wait until the spring to sign.
“Yes,” the 6-foot-7 Garrett said Tuesday night by phone. “I’m not sure yet. I don’t think I’m going to sign in November. Not too soon. I’m not too sure yet.”
Said Findlay Prep assistant coach Todd Simon: “Amir’s going to be thorough and he’ll know when it feels right. He’s improving on the court by the day.”
Garrett took an official to Oregon last weekend and said he enjoyed talking with head coach Dana Altman about his potential future there.
“I liked it a lot,” Garrett said. “Going up there, seeing what they have. I liked everything about it.”
Asked what Altman told him about his role, Garrett said, “I would come in with Jabari [Brown] and be a big part, be one of the main guys to turn the program around and be in a new arena. Playing in there would really fire up Oregon to get them motivated.”
Garrett said he has no immediate plans to visit St. John’s and is focused on the start of Findlay Prep’s season. They are seeking their third straight national championship.
“I’m not even sure right now,” he said. “I haven’t made a decision whether I’m going to visit yet.”
Garrett said Oregon and St. John’s remain “at the top” of his list, but he also mentioned Cal, Kansas and UNLV.
St. John’s coach Steve Lavin has been out to see Garrett and the two maintain a good rapport.
“He was like, I’ll fit into the program perfectly,” Garrett said. “Him being from the West Coast I’ll be a perfect fit for his program.”
Garrett is aware that St. John’s — which had 10 scholarships to give — has gotten five verbal commitments from some stellar players, including wings Maurice Harkless of Queens and Dominick Pointer of Detroit, as well as guards D’Angelo Harrison and Nurideen Lindsey andforward JaKarr Sampson.
“I’m not really worried about that,” Garrett said. “It doesn’t matter. They’re going there so that’s better for St. John’s and if I go there we’ll all play together and that will be perfect. We’ll win games.”
GOMIS TO SIENALionel Gomis, a 6-9 native of Senegal out of Blair (N.J.) Academy, committed to Siena, per Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop.
“He liked (Siena),” Blair Academy coach Joe Mantegna told the Times-Union after his visit last month. “He’s very comfortable with Mitch (Buonaguro) and the staff. They’ve been relentless in pursuing him. They’ve just done a tremendous job in showing that he’s a priority guy for them. Obviously, the tradition of basketball speaks for itself. He was very comfortable there.”
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.