Garrett Has DePaul Ties, Still Likes Illini

Sons of Coaches are usually smart and have a special awareness on the basketball floor. Billy Garrett Jr. certainly fits this description. The Chicago point guard is getting high major looks.

Billy Garrett Jr. is a 6'-4" guard from Morgan Park High School in the Chicago Public League. Garrett has had success early in his career, and colleges have taken notice, including Illinois.

In his first two years at Morgan Park, Garrett had the privilege of being able to dish to All-American wing Wayne Blackshear and win a Chicago Public League title as a freshman. He is also one of the most wanted young guards in the state of Illinois.

Morgan Park head coach Nick Irvin raves about his young player.

"Billy is a good point guard that can take over a ball game. He can get other people involved. He's nice and flashy. I just love him!"

Colleges love him too and are starting to show interest, including Illinois. Right now they are lightly recruiting the guard and tracking his progress. Garrett talks about what he has heard from the Illini.

"They have talked to my parents a little bit, so I have heard from Illinois."

Garrett likes the Illinois program and discussed what he admires about them and head coach Bruce Weber.

"I think they are consistently good every year. Coach Weber does a great job with them. They are always good."

Many young Chicago basketball prospects grew up following the Illini, especially the 2005 team that featured a dynamic three guard offense. Garrett says he paid especially close attention.

"I followed that team. Luther (Head) actually played for my dad when he was at St. Mel. Deron Williams is actually my favorite player, so I followed that team a lot."

Coach Irvin says he feels Garrett would be a nice fit in Illinois's offensive system and how they use their multiple guards. He shared what he and Garrett have discussed about the Illinois program.

"They let their guards get up and down. They have that three guard offense. He always talks about when they had Deron Williams, Dee Brown, and Luther Head. He feels he would like to play in a scheme like that."

Garrett has received three offers to this point and is getting interest from another Big East power. He discussed the schools showing interest in him.

"I have offers from DePaul, Stanford, and UNLV. I've also gotten calls from Pittsburgh."

It is widely believed that DePaul is the considerable favorite in Garrett's recruitment. The reason is that Garrett's father Billy Garrett Sr. is an assistant coach under Oliver Purnell. This has not stopped other schools from recruiting him.

Garrett Jr. has good size for the guard position and has the skill set to play either spot in the backcourt. In the Morgan Park offense, he mostly plays off the ball as they have another quality guard in Markee Williams. Garrett says he can play both and is willing to play whereever his coach wants, but he prefers to be the lead guard.

"I see myself more as a point, but I can play both."

What does the sophomore feel are his strengths?

"I think shooting the ball and getting to the basket off the dribble are the strengths of my game."

These are the two aspects that really stand out from a scouting perspective. His shooting from the perimeter is good as he has a quick release and is at his best in a catch-and-shoot situation. He can also knock down a shot when turning the corner on the pick and roll.

He can also drive the ball hard to the basket and score in the paint. His ball handling is good, and he maneuvers well in tight spaces. The guard has good acceleration with the ball in his hands and is strong with the ball.

Garrett is a player who has been able to handle and even shine in the spotlight at a young age. Look for him to continue this in the future.

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