Garrett Set for Rutgers Arrival

The Rutgers basketball team becomes one stronger tomorrow when JuCo swingman Vincent Garrett enrolls in the program. Garrett made his commitment and signed with the Scarlet Knights in late April and spoke with today about his expectations for move-in day.

From Lee College (Baytown, Texas) to Rutgers University, JuCo basketball swingman Vincent Garrett is ready to make things official tomorrow when he enrolls for the final leg of the summer program.

A late April commitment to head coach Mike Rice, Garrett is all set to join the program and move in to his new home on the Rutgers campus.

"It's going to mean a lot knowing that it's a very good school and it's very hard to get in regardless," Garrett said. "I'm thankful that I've been given the chance to even attend this school. I just am going to take what they give me and enjoy being there."

Garrett originally hails from Chicago, but spent the last two years of his life at Lee making a name for himself after going unrecruited in high school.

The program's leading scorer at 16 points per game, Garrett has a strong mid-range presence and athleticism and can be a threat at all three levels offensively.

He said, however, that he is expected nothing but hard work to get himself ready for Big East basketball.

"I don't plan on sleeping," he said. "Up to this point, I've had to work for everything I have, so it's not going to be any different. I plan on getting there and working as hard as I can. I know I can compete in the Big East, but I have to prove it to everyone."

When Garrett arrives, he will be a part of the summer workout program with the rest of the team and expects to participate in the Jersey Shore Basketball League.

The JSBL runs through July, which gives Garrett time to familiarize himself with some of his teammates and get into shape for preseason practices.

"I'm willing to play anywhere," Garrett said on the JSBL. "It could be a good chance to get better. It will be fun to play with my Rutgers teammates. … What I'm really looking forward to is working out for [Rice]. I know there's going to be a lot of yelling."

Garrett began building a relationship with sophomore guard Elijah Carter before his commitment and the two have been in constant contact since. Carter, who had an explosive first season with the Scarlet Knights, is helping to prepare Garrett to do the same thing when the season tips off this Fall.

"I talk to Eli from time to time and he checks in on me," Garrett said. "He's talking to me a lot and Wally Judge. I really get the feeling that when I get there, I'll be one of them. They're treating me like their teammate. It's great."

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