Amir Garrett has started to hear from programs across the country but the small forward from Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger would prefer to stay on the West Coast - and possibly play at one particular Pac-10 school if possible.
Arizona is the early favorite for Garrett, a crafty 6-foot-5 small forward who can handle the ball well enough and can play on the wing if necessary. He's super athletic which means he takes the ball to the basket well and that makes him an immediate threat in transition, too.
Arizona State, UCLA, USC, Virginia Tech, Georgetown, Santa Clara, San Diego State and Loyola Marymount are also showing interest but Garrett said that Arizona sticks out to him the most at this point in his recruitment.
"I'm definitely looking forward to staying on the West Coast," said Garrett, who plays AAU ball for Double Pump Elite. "I don't want to be too far away from my family. I want them to be able to come see me a lot and I just love the West Coast weather.
"I really like Arizona but it depends on what offers I get. I just like it out there. I've been to Arizona a lot and I like it out there."
Garrett, one of the top performers at the recent Double Pump May Tournament at Cal State-Dominguez Hills, said Arizona, Southern Cal and UCLA are showing the most interest in him right now. He has already visited with the Trojans and is planning a trip to San Diego State soon.
Because he plans to stay on the West Coast, it seems like a stretch to think Virginia Tech or Georgetown would have much of a shot at this point but Garrett wants to keep all his options open.
Garrett will probably stay in the Pac-10 if that's a possibility and Arizona might be tough to beat unless he wants to stay even closer to home and go to USC or UCLA. It's still much too early to decide.
"I'm trying not to focus on that right now but I'll probably start figuring it out toward the end of next season," Gareett said. "That's probably when I'll start worrying about where I'm going to go."