Rutgers SF Garrett Ready for Homecoming

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers junior forward Vincent Garrett will have his own cheering section tomorrow afternoon when he returns to his hometown of Chicago. Set to face DePaul at the Allstate Arena in nearby Rosemont, Ill., Garrett discussed his hopes of seeing the court on his homecoming.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – The adjustment to Big East basketball has been slow and steady for Rutgers junior Vincent Garrett, who transferred in from Lee Junior College this season.

Adjusting to the top level of college basketball, and life in New Jersey, has been a tough transition for the swingman, but Garrett gets his first taste of home tomorrow and he can't wait.

Garrett grew up in Chicago, Ill., before taking his talents to Texas for two years of junior college. Returning home when Rutgers tips off against DePaul tomorrow afternoon, Garrett will be in the Allstate Arena locker room for the first time since his days at Marshall Metropolitan High.

And he's coming with his own cheering section.

"It would take me forever to count them all," Garrett said on his family coming to the game. "They're going to be the loudest people there."

Garrett is familiar with the Allstate Arena, but said a chance to play in a Big East game in his home town is something out of "a dream."

"It's something I've always wanted to do," Garrett said. "I feel more comfortable at home no matter. It all depends on if I get a chance or not. If I do, I know I'll have a great game."

Garrett held an offer from DePaul during his second time around the recruiting trail, but picked Rutgers as his destination. He has plenty of friends in the DePaul program, he said, and he looks forward to seeing them Saturday.

"I haven't been back in a while, so it will be good to get back," Garrett said. "I know a lot of the coaching staff and the players because I knew them all in high school. It will be funny to see them on the other bench against me."

Garrett saw his most meaningful action of the season when he came in during the first half against Seton Hall. But after picking up two quick fouls, he did not return to the floor.

Playing in just 10 of 23 games this season, Garrett is aware that he may not see action against the Blue Demons tomorrow.

"It would mean a lot to me to get a chance," Garrett said on hopes of Rutgers coach Mike Rice playing him. "Too go home, a lot of people are expecting to see me and I know I can bring it."

In his first year at Rutgers, Garrett has 14 points and eight rebounds in 44 minutes on the court.

"I'm still getting used to this because it's a totally new system to me," Garrett said. "Coming into the system, all of these guys were already used to it and I had to sort of jump on and play catch-up. I'm getting it now."


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