Garrett is “Front and Center” for New Season

After a freshman season that resulted in winning the Big East’s Rookie of the Year Award, there are some high expectations for Billy Garrett, Jr. as he begins his sophomore season for the DePaul Blue Demons.

Billy Garrett Jr. is coming off a season where he led all Big East freshmen in scoring (12.4 points per game), assists (3.1 assists per game) and free-throw percentage (.827). He grabbed the Big East Rookie of the Week honor five times during the season.

Garrett did all that despite missing a few games during Big East conference play while coping with symptoms of Sickle Cell disease.

This year the expectations are even higher for Garrett as he begins his sophomore campaign. At the end of last season, Garrett said that he plans on embracing the leadership role that he will be thrust into this year.

As a freshman, Garrett was able to learn from the leadership displayed by seniors Brandon Young and Edwind McGhee. This year, it will be Garrett’s turn to step up.

“Billy works extremely hard,” said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. “He’s going to be a better player. There’s no question that we’re going to lean on him heavily for leadership, because he had a good year, but more importantly he’s proven that he’s the kind of student-athlete that we want all of our guys to emulate.”

This time around Garrett has some new additions to work with in the form of transfer Myke Henry and junior college transfers Aaron Simpson, Rashaun Stimage, and Darrick Wood. Purnell feels that Garrett is certainly up to the task.

“We’re going to put him front and center in terms of that,” added Purnell. “I think he’s mature enough and has high enough character that he can handle that.”

Look for Garrett to display that leadership as the Blue Demons open the regular season on Friday, November 14th at McGrath-Phillips Arena against crosstown rival UIC.


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