Hoops Recruiting: Garrett Picks OSU

Brad Garrett surprised his dad Thursday morning. The freshman at the College of Southern Idaho called his parents to inform them that he had decided he was going to play basketball at Oklahoma State, and not Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Garrett is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and his friends and family believed he would eventually sign with BYU.

"It did surprise some people that I picked Oklahoma State," Garrett said Thursday evening. "I think my dad was a little surprised but he's behind me 100 percent and has always been supportive. The first time I told him that I was leaning toward Oklahoma State he was a little surprised, but only because he wants to see me play. But he'll get that chance with Oklahoma State on ESPN so much."

Garrett signed his letter of intent with Oklahoma State later during the day Thursday, and will have three years of eligibility to play for the Cowboys.

Garrett, playing competitive basketball for the first time in four years this past winter (after two years on a Mormon mission trip and redshirting a year after shoulder surgery), was a big part of the College of Southern Idaho's success. The Golden Eagles finished fourth at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., and completed the season with a 30-7 record.

The shooting guard led CSI by scoring 15.8 points and was third on the team in rebounds with 5.3 per contest, all while playing just 22.7 minutes per game. Garrett was one of the best shooters in all of junior college basketball this past season, hitting 41.3 percent from behind the arc. He was 100-of-242 from three-point range, while going just 94-of-183 (51.4 percent) on two-point attempts. But his game is more than just shooting the basketball. Of his 185 rebounds, 83 of them came on the offensive end of the floor. He also was second on the team with 66 steals.

"I really feel like Oklahoma State is the right place for me," said Garrett, who scored a season-best 33 points against Colorado Northwestern in early January. "When I visited I felt really good about it and really liked the coaching staff."

Cowboy head coach Sean Sutton said in a release from OSU's media relations department, "I'm really excited with Brad's decision to join our program. He is a terrific young man and I can't wait to have the opportunity to coach him. He is a great shooter, but is also very athletic. I think he will make an immediate impact on next year's team. His experience will be a major asset for our program. He's very well coached and comes from one of the premier junior college programs in the country. This is an exciting day for me and for OSU basketball."

Garrett may remind some Cowboy basketball fans of another transfer who made his way to Stillwater from Utah. Daniel Bobik, also a member of the LDS church, played at OSU for two seasons (2004-05) after spending two years on a Mormon mission trip. Garrett actually received a congratulatory telephone call from Bobik on Thursday after he had signed his letter of intent.

"He called and talked to me a little bit," Garrett said. "He said it's a great place to play and that he had a great time at Oklahoma State."

"He's probably the best junior college shooter in America," CSI assistant coach Jeff Renegar said in the OSU release announcing Garrett's signing. "Not just from three-point range but from 3 to 4 feet behind the line. He's not just a shoot and catch guy, either. He's very athletic and can play above the rim. During games, we would give him lobs and he'd throw them down with both hands. He needs to work on putting the ball on the floor. He's a catch and shoot guy first. I know Brooks (Thompson) and Randy (Rutherford) well, and know what kind of shooters they were. Brad will be one of the best shooters to ever come through OSU."

Garrett said the last day of finals at CSI is May 10, and he plans to be in Stillwater when summer school begins in early June.

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