SMU isn’t going to change its presence on the recruiting trail despite Larry Brown’s resignation in the middle of the July live periods. In Tim Jankovich’s first day as head coach, he went to nearby Duncanville to watch Swag House and Dallas Skyline four-star point guard Marcus Garrett. Garrett has been an SMU target since his freshman year, and he still maintains interest in SMU despite Brown’s exit.
“It didn’t affect me,” Garrett said. “He was a coach I wanted to play for, but it’s still a school I want to play for. It’s close to home, a great college and a great education.”
In front of Jankovich, Garrett led Swag House back from a double-digit first half deficit to a 64-55 win over the Arkansas Wings. Jankovich had seen Garrett play before, including once against his son and Dallas Jesuit. Even before Brown stepped down, he had a relationship with assistant coach K.T. Turner.
“SMU has been on him since Day 1. Coach K.T. and coach Brown had built a good relationship with him,” said Swag House coach Matt Watts. “I don’t think (Brown leaving) affects him too much. He was like, ‘I’m still interested in SMU because of what they have to offer.’ And with them being close to him, I don’t think it had a big impact on him looking at the school because the coaching staff pretty much stayed intact. The only thing different is coach Brown leaving.”
Oregon also came out to watch him last weekend at the Lone Star Classic. He said the Ducks are among the schools recruiting him the hardest, along with SMU, Kansas, Baylor, Arizona and Iowa State have been recruiting him the hardest.
“Oregon, they’re the biggest Nike school,” Garrett said. “I like how they play up-tempo too. Kansas, I like Bill Self a lot. Iowa State, I’ll be watching their games and they sell out almost every game. And Baylor, it’s close to home and I like the coach over there, Scott Drew.”
The 6-foot-6 Garrett took an unofficial visit to Baylor in June. He doesn’t have any official visits set up, but said he will for sure visit Kansas and Iowa State.
“After the last July tournament, I’ll cut my list down to six,” Garrett said. “I’m going to sign in the fall.”
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Garrett has visited SMU for a game in each of the last two seasons. Watts said that SMU might not get an official visit due to its close proximity, but that’s not because SMU is out of it. Garrett is familiar with SMU because of his previous visits and would want to use officials for schools he hasn’t visited and are further away.