St. John's lands Amir Garrett

Originally Published: November 17, 2010
By Dave Telep

St. John's coach Steve Lavin scored his eighth commitment Tuesday night from ESPNU 100 small forward Amir Garrett (Los Angeles, Calif./Findlay Prep), who is the sixth ESPNU 100 prospect, and the fourth small forward, the Red Storm have landed.

It begs the question: is anyone worried about the crowd of players coming to town next season?

"I think that it's going to be better for St. John's, for us because we're going to be able to win games," said Garrett, who was considered to be an even higher baseball prospect (he'll focus on hoops in college).

If it seems like Lavin takes a new commitment daily, well, he pretty much has to. The Red Storm will lose nine seniors after this season and if it's playing time the newbies are after, then they're not wrong in noticing the opportunities.

Lavin's spread the gospel of his program from coast to coast in a short period of time. He'll welcome at least -- we don't think he's officially done -- eight players from six different states, including two native Los Angelinos.

Garrett visited a few weeks ago but wasn't sold on signing early until very recently.

"I was real close to not signing early but me and my dad we talked about it," said Garrett. "I wanted to focus on school and basketball and not worry about this recruiting stuff (anymore)."

Garrett's story is a good one founded in hard work and the desire to improve. Last year's 1-A CIF player of the year never worried about what others thought. He put his head down and kept plugging away until he got what he wanted: the chance to play high-level college basketball.

"My story is you come from not even being known, put in the hard work and then its amazing what can happen when you put in the time. You have to put in the extra work to be successful."

Dave Telep is the senior basketball recruiting analyst for ESPN.com. His college basketball scouting service is used by more than 225 colleges and numerous NBA teams. He can be reached at espndt@gmail.com. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.