Amir Garrett Caps Steve Lavin's St. John's Recruiting Haul
Garrett, Scout.com's 62nd-ranked player in the nation, picked the Red Storm over Oregon, signing his letter of intent to the school Wednesday.
"Amir Garrett is a special talent," Lavin said. "His length, explosiveness, quickness, and highly-skilled game make him an ideal fit for our system of play. Amir was clearly the most tenacious prospect that we evaluated in the 2011 recruiting class and his highly competitive nature will be critical as we build our program."
Garrett is the final piece of a bumper eight-player crop, which includes six top-100 players. Small forward Jakarr Sampson headlines the class, and is followed by Maurice Harkless, who decommitted from UConn and signed with the Queens club, Norvel Pelle, D'Angelo Harrison and Sir'Dominic Pointer.
"This class, which will become one of the largest signed in collegiate basketball, comprises the foundation of the St. John's program moving forward," said Lavin. "The arrival of the 2011-12 class, along with an elite returning talent in Dwayne Polee II, is the core group that will carry the Johnnies into the future."
Garrett will step into a fight for playing time on the wing, along with Harkless and Pointer.
His prep school coach praised his energy level and ability in the transition game.
"Amir has a non-stop motor, and is very athletic and rangy." Todd Simon, a Findlay assistant said. "He is an elite defensive player already, and he works at game-speed at all times."
St. John's recruiting class is ranked No. 2 in the nation according to Rivals.com and No. 3 by ESPNU.