Nathen Garth Talks About His De-commitment

Nathen Garth, a 6-foot-2 point from Dallas (TX) Woodrow Wilson who was the first commit for Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith, decided to re-open his commitment Thursday. Garth called GoldenSports.Net and talked about his decision to look at other schools.

Nathen 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 recruited Randolph at Kentucky.

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. He struggled with his shooting in Las Vegas. When asked about his shooting woes in Sin City, Garth admitted that he played with a dislocated left thumb (his guiding hand).

Garth decided to open-up his recruitment, due to questions about his grades and immediate playing time. Minnesota started recruiting Garth when there were concerns about Al Nolen being eligible as a freshman. However, with Nolen cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse, Garth questioned the team's commitment to him.

"I just want to check out some other programs. They thought Al Nolen might not be eligible, but now he is. I want the opportunity to play right away. I want to play as a freshman and learn from my mistakes and make progress, much like I did as a high school player," he said.

Garth said that he has gotten plenty of calls from schools since GoldenSports.Net wrote its article yesterday.

"I got calls from Auburn, California, New Mexico, Texas A&M and Houston. West Virginia and Vanderbilt had recruited before my commitment," he said.

Garth said that he is looking for the right fit for him.

"I want the fit that is best for me, not just for the big name. If Arizona State and Duke were involved and Arizona State was the best fit, I'd pick Arizona State. I want to have a successful career and do something after college," he said.

Garth told GoldenSports.Net that he has been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse. He 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 that he had his classwork planned out.

"I'm taking Theatre Art, Art 1 and Computer Design. I leave Sunday for Texas," he said.

Garth said that he plans to visit New Mexico, UTEP and Minnesota and that he has been working hard on his game this summer.

"I've been working on my defense. I averaged two or three steals per game in Vegas," he said. "Coach Smith likes how I play defense."

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.

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