Matt Garth Makes Changes

Matt Garth wasn't a big name out on the west coast, but he's hoping a change of scenery and one in class will help him in becoming a big-time player.

Matt Garth knew he needed a change of scenery. It'll just come a year after he had hoped. The 6-foot, 160-pound guard only ended up playing 11 games as a junior because he left Sacramento Franklin High (Calif.) for Capitol Christian and then ended up going back to Franklin a short time later.

``Transfer difficulties," Garth said. "I was supposed to go to Capitol Christian, but that didn't happen and then the coach and AD at Franklin didn't let me back on the team when I came back."

Now Garth, who averaged 24 points and 9 assists before becoming ineligible, will get a fresh start when he heads to South Kent (Conn.) in the fall, where he'll re-do his junior year.

Garth is a quick guard who knows how to run a team and can also get to the basket. He just returned from a visit to work out at South Kent this past weekend and made former South Kent star Dorell Wright a believer right away.

``He was really good," Wright said. "He just knows how to play and get everyone involved."

``He's a great setup man," added South Kent coach Raphael Chillious. "He's a pass-first, shoot-second guard who can score when he decides to. He's super-quick and when he gets in a one-on-one situation, he can beat his man almost every time."

Chillious envisions Garth, with improvement on his perimeter shot and added strength, becoming a high-major guard after two years at South Kent. Capitol Christian coach Bill Nelson, who coaches Garth in a Pro-Am league in Sacramento, agrees.

``You can't really pressure him," Nelson said. "He handles the ball so well and gets the ball anywhere he wants on the floor. He's tough, is a good athlete and actually has a decent jump shot for a kid who gets to the basket as much as he does."

Nelson said that Arizona State has called about Garth and Arizona even made an inquiry. Garth also mentioned that California, DePaul, Louisville, Texas Tech, Utah and Villanova have expressed varying degrees of interest.

``I think the time at South Kent will help me both athletically and academically," Garth said. "I feel like I can be one of the top guards in the '06 class."

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