One of the hidden gems in the state of Florida for the 2014 class is wing player Jeff Garrett. The 6-foot-7, 200-pound prospect transferred from Gadsden City (Ala.) to Oldsmar Christian (Fla.) for the upcoming season in order to improve his game under the tutelage of head coach Jordan Fair.
Garrett is rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.
He explained why he made the change and how he believes it will help him.
“I really think it is just a better fit,” Garrett told 247Sports. “Coach Jordan really knows what he is doing and can help me improve to become more of a leader. I also want to work on being more aggressive and attacking the rim and I think this is the place that can help me with that.”
The versatile wing prospect played on the spring AAU circuit with the Alabama Challenge and plans to return to them in July. Playing in the highly competitive Nike EYBL league, Garrett averaged six points a game while starting 14 of the 18 contest that he participated in.
He talked about the aspects of his game that stood out during that period.
“I can play any position,” he said. “I know the game really well and think that along with my ability to shoot the ball I can guard a couple different positions.”
Recruiting has been picking up for Garrett with several schools making a push over the past few weeks. Currently he holds offers from College of Charleston, Tennessee Tech, Middle Tennessee, George Mason and Tennessee to go along with strong interest from Alabama, VCU and South Florida.
This coming summer he plans to visit a few of those schools and also spoke about who has been in contact with him the most.
“I have been talking a lot to College of Charleston, Tennessee Tech, UAB and Middle Tennessee State,” Garrett said. “Right now I plan to go to Middle Tennessee and Tennessee Tech at some point and then I want to take a few other visits before schools starts but am not sure where just yet.”
The Yellowhammer state native has one school standing out as he heads into the July portion of the AAU schedule.
“If I had to name a leader right now I would say that is UAB,” he said.
Garrett is rated as a three-star prospect with an overall grade of 89 by 247Sports.