November 17, 2010 - 9:54 pm
Amir Garrett embarked on a long, winding road when he left Sierra Vista after his sophomore year.
That road found its way back home to Las Vegas over the summer, and led Wednesday to a Division I basketball scholarship.
Garrett, a 6-foot-6-inch senior swingman at Findlay Prep, signed to play at St. John’s on Wednesday. He chose the Red Storm over scholarship offers from Arizona, Oregon and others.
“It was just a good fit for me,” Garrett said. “Coach (Steve) Lavin is trying to bring the program around, and I’m a person who can help.”
Garrett played his freshman and sophomore seasons with the Mountain Lions, but transferred to Leuzinger (Lawndale, Calif.) as a junior.
In addition to added recruiting exposure, Garrett led the Olympians to the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Division I-A title.
Finally, he returned to Southern Nevada after his junior year and is playing for the Pilots (3-0) this season.
“It’s been a success,” Garrett said of his travels the past two years. “Moving was hard at first, but it was a good situation for me.”
Garrett continued to improve his stock among college coaches and recruiters with a stellar summer playing for the Belmont Shore (Calif.) AAU program.
“I had to make a statement this summer,” Garrett said. “I had to let people know I’m one of the top players.”
Garrett said St. John’s recruited him to play a combination of shooting guard and small forward.