Rice Talks Garrett with ScarletReport.com

Rutgers landed Lee College wing Vincent Garrett earlier in the week, and today he signed his binding national letter of intent. Afterward, coach Mike Rice spoke to ScarletReport.com about Garrett's attributes, and why he was so vital for the Scarlet Knights to land.

Early in the 2011-12 season, the Rutgers coaching staff began searching for a an athletic wing to make their offense more dynamic.

In landing 6-foot-5, 210-pounder Vincent Garrett from Lee College (Baytown, Texas), Rutgers coach Mike Rice thinks he found him.

Garrett announced his commitment Tuesday, and today he finalized his binding national letter of intent. It means coach Mike Rice can speak publicly about how Garrett fits into the Scarlet Knights, and it is more than just scoring.

"Our biggest need is the maturity he has," Rice told ScarletReport.com. "He is mature, and has an instinctive sense of how to play basketball. He's a very mature basketball player. He has had a lot of success, especially at Marshall, and he knows how to play winning basketball. He's very instinctive that way."

Garrett averaged 16 points and six rebounds for the Lee College last season and was an All-Region XIV South Zone first-team pick.

"Vincent will fill a need as a perimeter scorer," Rice said. "His strength and his versatility give him the ability to create in the paint and score with his perimeter jumper."

One of the positives of bringing in Garrett is he will compete with senior-to-be Dane Miller for playing time at wing.

Miller is a superb defender and has a good feel for distributing the ball and can drive to the basket, but his jump shot is inconsistent. Garrett is known for being able to drive to the basket and jump shooting.

"(Rutgers assistant) Jim Martelli found him while watching in December," Rice said. "We watched a lot of junior college kids, and really liked him, but didn't understand what type of player and what type of athlete he was until we went down to see him. When I did, I couldn't believe the versatility in his game.

"Then, the maturity …He's just a very mature individual. The way he presents himself, the way he communicates with his teammates, his motivation …he has an older feel to him, a very mature feel to him."

Garrett is slated to enroll during the second summer session, which begins in July, at Rutgers.

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