Garrett Enjoys Visit

Christian Garrett is on the move and has found a home at Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy, a program that prides itself on developing high-level talent.

Christian Garrett is on the move and has found a home at Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy, a program that prides itself on developing high-level talent.

"Things are going real good at IMG," said Garrett. "I played my junior year at Stoneridge Prep and playing with the prep school kids as a junior helped make me better.

"For my senior year I wanted to attend another prep school, and originally I was going to go to South Kent with DeAndre Daniels because we wanted to go to the same school, but we heard about IMG Academy, checked it out, and it's been great so far."

The goal at the IMG Basketball Academy is simple: to develop the best basketball players in the world at all levels of the game. Notable alums include: Ramel Bradley (Kentucky), Taurean Green (Florida), David Potter (Clemson), Renaldo Balkman (South Carolina), and Michael Beasley (Kansas State).

"Our coaches are saying this could be the best team they've had," said Garrett. "I like it here because the coaches focus on working out and developing our skills. They want us to get better individually while also winning games."

Playing point guard for the post-grad squad, Garrett checks in at 6-foot-5 and 180 pounds with a diverse skillset.

"My strengths are my size and passing ability," he stated. "Also I have very good athleticism. I'm real quick and can get in the lane and dunk or set up other people.

"I definitely need to work on having a consistent jumpshot because you need that to be a strong point guard. I also want to get strong and you can always be a better leader."

Garrett believes the transfer to the IMG Academy will help his recruitment. He already holds offers from UTEP and Sam Houston State, and he is receiving heavy interest from NC State, Baylor, Cal, Harvard, and Virginia.

Last week he unofficially visited NC State for the Wolfpack's Red Rally and left impressed with everything they had to offer.

"I liked it a lot at NC State," said Garrett. "I've known coach Harris for a few months, he started looking at me over the summer, and I wanted to get up there for a visit.

"The fans were awesome and the ACC is the best. The arena is unbelievable. I didn't know it was that nice, and I also liked how the practice facility is open where you can always go in and get shots up."

While NC State has yet to extend a scholarship offer Garrett believes they could be close to doing so.

"I feel like they are the closest to offering me," he said. "They want me to come and are looking for another guard to sort of be there with Ryan [Harrow]. They say they like my passing ability, athleticism, and size. They want to get me back for my official."

A factor in Garrett's recruitment could be DeAndre Daniels, a highly-regarded prospect who has transferred to IMG Academy with him. Close friends, Garrett indicated they could end up at the same college.

"It's something we've talked about," he stated. "We've known each other for a few years so this was real cool that we could go to IMG and play together. We've talked about playing together in college so we'll see what happens because we are looking at a few of the same schools."

A reason why Garrett's recruitment may linger on is because IMG Academy prohibits their players from taking official visits prior to January.

"IMG wants us to focus on the season so we can't take our official visits until January," he said. "I've been looking at NC State's schedule, and I think I'll be trying to take my visit for the Duke game or maybe Miami."

It is safe to say NC State has made a move up Garrett's board following the unofficial visit.

"I'd say NC State is my favorite," he said. "The coaches are real cool, and it's a family atmosphere. Plus the tradition with the ACC, all the tradition in the triangle... I just like it a lot up there.

"The players were cool too. I spent some time with C.J. Williams, and I got to hang out with Ryan and Lorenzo... they were all cool. Being able to get along with them is big because you need to have a good connection with the players."

Garrett projects as a full qualifier and isn't in a hurry to make a decision.

"I'm sort of both ways on it, committing early or late," he said. "A part of me would like to find that great fit if I find it, but I also want to see a bunch of places and learn what I can about all the schools."

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