Four-Star Shooting Guard Marcus Garrett Commits To Kansas

Kansas has officially landed its first recruit in the 2017 class.

Marcus Garrett, a 4-star shooting guard out of Dallas,took to Twitter on Monday evening and announced his commitment to the Jayhawks.

“I Just Want To Thank The Good Lord Above Because Without Him Nothing Is Possible I’m Just Thankful That He Gave Me The Opportunity To Play Basketball at The College Level. Secondly I Want To Thank All My Family, Friends, and Coaches That Have Helped Me Through This Process. Especially My Uncle Matt, Uncle Nakia, Uncle Sherman, And My Momma And My Auntie For The Support Every Game. Third I Want To Thank All The Schools That Have Recruited Me. I would like to thank my high school coaches Coach Graham, Coach Turner, Coach Stanley, Coach Walker. But After Long Talks With My Friends And Family I Have Decided That I Will Further My Education and Basketball Career at The University of Kansas #RockChalkJayhawks [sic]”

Garrett really put himself on the map at the Great American Shootout in July. The 6-foot-5, 175-pound guard put on a show with his impressive passing and court vision. His versatility and natural feel for the game have been his most attractive qualities to scouts and coaches. He’s effective on both ends of the floor and can defend numerous positions at the collegiate level.

In his junior year at Skyline High School, Garrett nearly averaged a triple-double, notching 17.7 points, 10.1 assists and 7.0 rebounds per game. He led Skyline to a 32-3 overall record.

Though he isn’t currently ranked in Scout’s Top 100, Garrett is due to receive a bump in the recruiting rankings after his impressive performance from this past month, according to Scout’s Evan Daniels.

The timing could not be better for head coach Bill Self. The Jayhawks have a ferocious 1-2 punch in the backcourt for the upcoming 2016-17 season with senior Frank Mason returning and No. 1 overall prospect Josh Jackson joining the Jayhawks’ guard play. However, with Mason in his final year of eligibility and Jackson almost surely headed for the 2017 NBA Draft, Garrett’s commitment becomes that much more appealing.

Combine Garrett’s court vision with Mississippi State transfer and former 5-star guard Malik Newman joining the Jayhawks, and Self’s backcourt won’t skip a beat in ’17-18. Newman will sit out the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules and form another dangerous tandem with Garrett now in the mix.

Along with Kansas, Garrett was also being recruited by and had offers from Arizona, Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oregon, SMU, TCU, Texas and Virginia Tech.

Note: Scout rankings, ratings and photos used in this article.

Source: MSN Sports

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