Garrett picks Rhode Island

One of the top available point guards is off the board and headed to Rhode Island. Jarvis Garrett made his pledge on Tuesday.

Jarvis Garrett had his college recruitment down to two schools – Marquette and Rhode Island.

Garrett, a senior at Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame Prep, had the option of returning home to Milwaukee and play at Marquette or stay in the Northeast and play for Rhode Island. Garrett opted for Rhode Island on Tuesday.

"He had the terror of playing at home and the intrigue of playing away from home with out the distractions," Notre Dame Prep coach Ryan Hurd told "I think after he opened it up and started talking to people, he realized he was right back to the same two schools."

So why did Rhode Island win out?

"First off all we can't discount Preston Murphy following him around for the past six months," Hurd said.

"He sees an opportunity to play and be a impact player," he added. "He sees the core that is there and that he can complement that and he sees an opportunity to win."

Hurd said Memphis and Missouri were also involved in his recruitment. In the end, Rhode Island needs him and he will have a chance to get big minutes as a freshman. That sold Garrett on their program.

"The intrigue for him is they need him," Hurd said. " He's a kid that wants to be relied on. That's where the marriage started to form. He started to realize they need him to play."

Garrett, who is averaging 23 points a game, visited Rhode Island the weekend of January 18th.

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