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Decisions, decisions for wing

UA recruit not only must choose school, but also which sport
2010-07-24T00:00:00Z 2014-07-24T09:46:18Z Decisions, decisions for wingBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 24, 2010 12:00 am  • 

LAS VEGAS - Entering his senior year of high school, Amir Garrett doesn't just have to figure out his college choice.

He also has to decide what sport to play there.

Garrett, a 6-foot-6-inch athlete from Lawndale, Calif., is a prototypically long and mobile wing player who is impressing coaches this weekend while playing for Belmont Shore in the Fab 48 traveling team tournament.

A lefty who says he can throw up to 94 mph, in addition to having a curveball and slider, Garrett is also a professional baseball prospect.

"He still hasn't decided exactly what the priority is going to be," said Dinos Trigonis, Belmont Shore's coach. "I think he's going to try to do both. He'll be a Jim Thorpe - he could run track and play football, too."

Although he is transferring this fall from California's Leuzinger High School to the Findlay Prep basketball powerhouse in Nevada, Garrett said he wants to be one of the few athletes who can play more than one sport in college.

He always did play more than one. It's just that basketball made it a third, when he started playing it in eighth grade.

"I'd been playing baseball and football my whole life," Garrett said. "One day my friends said, 'Do you want to play basketball?' I said, 'Yeah, I'll see how I like it.' And after that day, I fell in love with basketball."

Yet, during his high school career, he has been doing both. Last spring, Garrett hit .350 with three home runs and nine RBIs for Leuzinger, according to MaxPreps.com. On the mound, he had a 5.83 ERA in five outings, three of them scoreless, for a team that went just 5-19.

Not surprisingly, Garrett's versatility has helped him become a Top 75 basketball prospect in the class of 2011, with schools such as Georgetown, St. John's, Boston College and San Diego State also pursuing him along with the Wildcats.

At 175 pounds, Garrett is a natural small forward but is mobile enough to serve as a big shooting guard.

"He is a multiple position player, but he actually plays very well at the two," Trigonis said. "He can guard the one, two or three. He's a multidimensional, great athlete who can get to the basket. His outside shot is very, very improved from six months to a year ago, too. He's worked hard on that."

With Belmont Shore also having a 2012 UA target in 6-8 Grant Jerrett, both Sean and Archie Miller watched the team's entire late game on Thursday and then, on Friday, Sean was also at Jerrett's game. Sean Miller sat in the first row directly behind Belmont Shore's players, while his brother sat along the baseline.

Even without seeing them, Garrett knows of the UA coaches' interest. He said UA gave him the first scholarship offer he received - and the Wildcat baseball team has also taken a look - though plenty of others have since piled on.

"I'm still wide open," Garrett said. "I'm listening to what every coach has to say. But I take it into consideration that they gave me my first offer so that's good."

For now, though, Garrett said he is still working out in both sports and does not intend to narrow his decisions down in the immediate future.

"I'm just working out, baseball and basketball," Garrett said. "I like both. Basketball has more excitement, though. I've got to wait and see what I'm going to do."

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RECRUITING

• What: Nevada recruiting bonanza

• Where: Las Vegas

• When: This weekend

Tournaments

• Fab 48 Invitational: running through Sunday

• Adidas Super 64: running through Monday

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