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Versatile Garrett has options

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If you are in the Nike shoes that Amir Garrett wears, you are in a pretty good place. Not only is Garrett the second-highest ranked of the remaining small forwards in the country, he's also a baseball pitcher with tremendous potential.
For now, though, the nation's 51st-ranked player in the class of 2011 is putting away his cleats and taking a break from throwing 93 mph fastballs to focus on basketball.
Now at powerhouse Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., the 6-foot-5 senior is in the midst of trying to make a decision. He tripped to Oregon officially last weekend but is unsure of his next step.
"I went out to Oregon last weekend and it was cool," said Garrett. "I've also been to St. John's unofficially. I don't know when I'll sign."
In addition to the Ducks and the Red Storm, Garrett claims offers from Kansas, California and UNLV as well. He says that he'd like to make more visits, but he hasn't set any up to this point.
While his visit status is unsure, the status of his game is getting better and better. After drawing some attention for a nice junior season at Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger, Garrett exploded into the national rankings over the summer and only continues to get better.
He's the owner of high-level quickness and straight-line speed. He shoots the ball accurately from deep, is an active defender and has plenty of upside.
Of course, he still has the opportunity to give baseball another try and hasn't totally ruled that out yet.
But, for now, it's all about making a decision about what to do next.
"I'm not really sure what I'm going to do yet," said Garrett. "I'm still trying to decide if I'm going to sign early or if I'm going to wait until the spring."
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