2013 Profile: Garret Covington

2013 Garret Covington will be a player to watch in the Midwest during this spring and summer. BillikenReport.com caught up with the Edwardsville (IL) native to break down his recruitment.

He's a senior and averaged nearly 18 points per game on 58 percent shooting from two-point range and 42 percent on three-point attempts, yet he holds no offers. Meet Garret Covington.

The six-foot-five shooting guard from Edwardsville, Ill. is now on the AAU circuit with the St. Louis Eagles and has had a memorable first couple of weeks this spring.

BillikenReport.com saw Covington at the All-American Gateway Shootout two weekends ago, and he shot the lights out en route to a title.

Although there wasn't as much team success this past weekend, he drew rave reviews from Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brian Snow.

"He was mostly an unknown before the event, but he shouldn't be after it," Snow said in his evaluation at the NY2LA Swish N Dish. "Covington is a good athlete, a versatile defender, and then he can really shoot the basketball. Also he showed some ability to drive defenders when going to his strong hand. Covington is someone who should see a ton more attention in the near future."

Murray State is now showing the most interest, according to Covington. A number of Big Ten schools have sent letters his way since the impressive weekend showing.

So why has it taken this long for him to garner attention?

"I didn't play AAU my freshman year and I kind of took it easy sophomore year and junior year," Covington said. "Now I'm with the Eagles and trying to make it happen."

A solid student, Covington understands that his education will be important to his eventual decision and landing spot.

"I definitely want to make sure I'll be getting a good education," Covington said. "Then, obviously I'm looking for a good team. Somewhere that I fit in well and with tradition."

His sister, Anya, starred at Wisconsin, and he really likes the style of the Big Ten Conference.

Occasionally there are late bloomers, and he has all the indications of being one of those individuals.

Covington said he could see himself playing in a competitive and elite league such as the Big Ten, but is clearly open to whatever comes his way.

"My role is to shoot," Covington said. "Obviously I've had a nice spring so far, but I want to work on my ball-handling. I think I could contribute to a team of that caliber, though. If not, I'm not going to be discouraged. I'm going to continue to work hard."

If his high school season and early April are any indication, look for several mid-major and local programs to get involved in his recruitment over the course of the spring and summer.

While Ohio State, Kansas, and Michigan State may be some of his dream programs, he will definitely be a contributor at a number of levels, wherever he ends up.


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