Nathan Garth Re-Opens His Recruitment

Nathan Garth, a 6-foot-2 point from Dallas (TX) Woodrow Wilson who was the first commit for Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith, has decided to re-open his commitment, according to sources close to the program. Garth is a Sacramento native who played at Wilson this past year, along with incoming LSU frosh Anthony Randolph, where he caught the attention of Smith, who reecruited Randolph at Kemtucky.

Nathan Garth picked Minnesota over interest from California, Oklahoma and UTEP in May.

GoldenSports.Net caught Garth playing several games in Las Vegas in the Rebook Summer Championships with the Play Hard Play Smart AAU team in the end of July.

Garth struggled in Las Vegas, causing some to question whether he was a top-flight Big Ten point guard.

Play Hard Play Smart coach Brian Hamilton told GoldenSports.Net Thursday that Garth had a subpar AAU season this year.

"He did not have a great spring or summer," Hamilton said.

Garth will not play for Wilson this year and will take classes to become eligible. He had planned to enroll at Minnesota in January and sit out the season, giving him four years of eligibility. Garth told GoldenSports.Net in Las Vegas that he had his classwork planned out.

"I'm taking language art courses and theatre art," he said then.

Garth played both guard spots for Play Hard Play Smart, but told GoldenSports.Net that he sees himself as a more of a true playmaker.

"I'm a natural point guard who can play and contribute. I like to set my teammates up," he said.

Hamilton said that Garth is working out in Sacramento and getting ready to leave for Texas shortly to enroll at Wilson.

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