Garrett Goes In-Depth on Rutgers Commitment

Rutgers basketball bolstered its 2012-13 roster by receiving a verbal commitment from Lee College (Baytown, Texas) JuCo prospect Vincent Garrett. Garrett spoke 1-on-1 with about the reasons for his commitment and excitement to join the Scarlet Knights.

Lee College (Baytown, Texas) JuCo prospect Vincent Garrett plans to arrive at Rutgers this Fall with the same goal Mike Rice brought to the program two years ago.

Verbally committed today after a long recruiting process, Garrett wants to put Rutgers on the map.

"I don't want to go to a program that's known for winning games," Garrett said. "I want to go to a program and make a name. I'm going to come to Rutgers and win games. I can guarantee you that."

Garrett chose Rutgers over Oregon State. His official visit to Piscataway two weeks ago sold him on the program, he said.

"I feel relieved to get it over with," he said. "I had a lot of people recruiting me and I appreciated the attention from a lot of schools, but at the end of the day, I can only play for one school and Rutgers was the best fit. When I took my second visit, I didn't really feel as comfortable as I did on the first one, so I made my decision today."

The comfort level with Rutgers began with Rice and worked its way down to ever level of the program and university.

"I like the coaches, the coaching staff, Coach Rice, [assistant coach Jimmy Martelli]," Garrett said. "I can see myself playing with [Elijah Carter]. I see myself on the wing with him scoring and I'm excited to play with [Wally Judge]."

Garrett instantly provides Rutgers with another outside scoring threat and athleticism from the two and three positions on the floor. The 6-foot-5 win averaged 16 points and six rebounds per game in his second season with Lee.

Garrett earned All-Region XIV South Zone First Team honors for Lee this season.

"My athleticism allows me to get up and down the floor and have an impact defensively and offensively," Garrett said. "My mid-range game is what really got me this far. I can make anything from 17 and out and that's what I want to do to win games. All I want to do is win games. I want to do something that's never been done before."

For Rutgers, Garrett also provides an athletic body to compete with Dane Miller in practices and another legitimate outside scoring threat. He will be able to play immediately upon enrollment and has two years of eligibility remaining.

Before his time at Lee College, Garrett attended Marshal Metropolitan High School and is a Chicago native. As a high-school senior, he averaged 16 points and 11 boards per game.

"I've seen the campus and I think Rutgers is something I'm going to get used to really fast," Garrett said. "The distance isn't going to be any pressure for me."

Garrett does not yet know when he will sign his National Letter of Intent with Rutgers, but stated that he is not worried about it because his decision is final.

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