On Garrett: Possesses superior athleticism and a archetypal frame ... a tenacious offensive threat who specializes in transition with hard drives to the rim that result in show-stopping dunks ... a hard-nosed defender who has a penchant for swatting away shots ... a double-threat playing college basketball and professional baseball as a left-handed pitcher within the Cincinnati Reds minor league system.
Lavin On Garrett: "Amir's length, explosiveness, quickness and highly-skilled game make him an ideal fit for our system of play. Amir was the most tenacious competitor that we evaluated in the 2011 recruiting class and his fierce will to win is a critical asset. We have encouraged Amir to continue developing into the best basketball and baseball player he is capable of becoming. His skill, talent, competitive nature and determination has allowed him to have the opportunity to pursue his goals of competing at the highest level of two sports."
As A Freshman In 2011-12: Joined the Red Storm team on Dec. 21 and appeared in 22 games, closing out the season with 14-straight starts ... finished sixth in the squad with a 7.4 points per game scoring average ... posed six games of double-figure scoring ... .434 field goal percentage was fourth among Red Storm players ... rebounding average of 4.0 ranked fifth on the squad ... registered 11 games with five or more rebounds ... tied for fourth on the squad with 1.3 steals per game ... 1.3 assists per game ranked fifth on the team ... netted 14 points, tied a career-high with nine rebounds, dished out a career-high five assists and had a career-best four steals in a career-high 39 minutes of play at Rutgers (March 3) ... notched fifth-career double-digit scoring performance with 11 points against No. 20/18 Notre Dame (Feb. 25) ... posted a career-high with 18 points, including a career-best 9-of-11 effort from the free throw line, and had nine rebounds in 37 minutes against DePaul (Feb. 20) ... recorded double-digit performance with 10 points and added six rebounds at Seton Hall (Feb. 14) ... finished with nine points and five rebounds in 33 minutes of action against No. 2/2 Syracuse (Feb. 4) ... scored 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting and pulled down five boards at DePaul (Feb. 1) ... netted 11 points and had seven rebounds in his second-straight start against West Virginia (Jan. 25) ... scored eight points and pulled down seven rebounds in his first-career start against Villanova (Jan. 21) ... played 30 minutes and recorded a career-best three steals against No. 11/11 Georgetown (Jan. 15) ... grabbed six rebounds and scored four points at No. 25/24 Marquette (Jan. 11) ... posted eight points on 3-of-4 shooting, including his first-career 3-pointer, at Cincinnati (Jan. 7) ... scored three points, grabbed two rebounds and picked up two steals in 22 minutes of action against No. 11/10 Louisville (Jan. 3) in his Madison Square Garden debut.
At Findlay Prep: Rated as high as the nation's No. 68 overall player and the No. 15 small forward of the Class of 2011 by recruiting services ... transferred to Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) for his senior season ... averaged 12.3 points and 5.7 rebounds on a team that would go 28-4, earn a Top 25 national ranking and yield four NCAA Division I prospects ... named the MVP of the Jack Jones Shootout in Memphis, Tenn. ... selected the MVP and slam dunk champion of the 2011 Ball Is Life All-American game ... his coach at Findlay was Mike Peck.
At Leuzinger: As a junior, led Leuzinger High (Lawndale, Calif.) to the California Interscholastic Federation SS Division I-A championship in 2009-10 ... averaged 16.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 steals per game ... he was named CIF SS Division I-A Co-Player of the Year ... tabbed for the first-ever Cal-Hi Sports all-state team ... Long Beach Press-Telegram named Garrett to its 2010-11 "Best in the West" First Team.
In Professional Baseball: A top 20 prospect in the Cincinnati Reds organization ... likely the only Top 100 college basketball recruit with a 96 m.p.h. heater ... an accomplished left-handed pitcher on the diamond ... drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 22nd Round on June 7, signed hours before the MLB deadline on Aug. 15, 2011, and rewarded for his promise of prowess with a handsome $1 million bonus ... signed a contract that allows him to play collegiate basketball with NCAA rules that concur ... Reds pay for his schooling, but he still counts toward the St. John's basketball program's limit of 13 scholarships ... began his professional baseball dream in the Reds' minor league system during the summer of 2012 ... made his debut in the rookie-level Arizona League as a member of the AZL Reds in Goodyear, Az. ... made seven appearances and five starts, with 13 strikeouts, 12 walks and holding opposing batters to a .255 average ... promoted to the Billings Mustangs of the Rookie Pioneer League in August of 2012 ... made two starts, striking out five in 6.0 innings and walking only one ... held opposing batters to a .211 average while working the mound for the Mustangs.
Personal: Amir Jamal Garrett ... born in Victorville, Calif. ... son of Tia George and Darrow Garrett ... has three sisters, Asiane, Destinee, and Mackenzie, and seven brothers, Marcus, Aubrey, Michael, James, Kreon, Keshawn, and David ... chose St. John's because of the coaching staff and his teammates ... majoring in liberal studies, also interested in sports management.
UP CLOSE WITH AMIR GARRETT
Favorite movie/TV show: "Transformers."
Favorite actor/actress: None.
What's on my iPod/mp3 player: YG and Tyga.
Favorite food: Tacos.
Favorite place to hang out on campus/NYC area: The gym.
Favorite class: Psychology.
Since coming to St. John's I've learned: How to be a better student-athlete.
Hero/role model(s): My father and mother.
Favorite athlete/sports team: The Oklahoma City Thunder.
I came to St. John's because: I love the coaching staff and New York City.
Best thing about St. John's: We are like a big family.
Few people know that I: Love to sing.
Craziest thing I've ever done: Cliff jumping.
One word to describe me on the court: "Competitive."
One word to describe me off the court: "Goofy."
The St. John's basketball player that will surprise you this year: JaKarr Sampson.
If I could have dinner with three people (history or today): Tupac and Aaliyah.
What do you want to accomplish this season: Become a national champion.
Favorite quote: "To whom much is given, much is expected."
Funny superstitions/pregame rituals: I have to wear a pair of new socks every game.
If I was President for the day, I would: Have a day once a month where everyone can buy stuff tax free.
The teammate that inspires me is: Jamal White.