URI In Final Two For ND Prep’s Jarvis Garrett
Friday, January 31, 2014
The 2014 National Prep School Invitational tipped off today at Rhode Island College's Murray Center, and already there's some hot recruiting news that will interest local college basketball fans.
According to Notre Dame Prep head coach Ryan Hurd, his team's point guard Jarvis Garrett has narrowed his choices down to just two schools - Marquette and the University of Rhode Island.
When this reporter approached Hurd prior to his team's 63-57 victory over Mt. Zion Prep, I asked coach Hurd is Garrett was still deciding between Providence College, URI, Creighton, Marquette and St. Joe's. Hurd said, "it's really down to those two - Rhode Island and Marquette."
Ironically, URI head coach Dan Hurley and assistant Preston Murphy were in attendance to watch Garrett and the Crusaders hold off the Warriors. Garrett was the star of the game scoring 24 points, including six second half three's which led his team to the victory. Garrett's final line was 24 points on 7-16 from the field, 6-8 from three point range and 4-5 from the free throw line. He had 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 6 turnovers. Garrett and many of his teammates were said to be under the weather a bit.
"I'm about the only one healthy on the entire team," said Hurd. "We have a little bit of a bug making its way through the team right now."
It appeared, at times, that Garrett was gassed in the second half, but Hurd called a timeout when Mt. Zion had cut the Notre Dame Prep lead down to 1. That's when Garrett came out and nailed back-to-back three's to extend the Crusader lead.
Landing Garrett would be no small task for Hurley as Garrett is a native of Milwaukee, Wisonsin which is the home of Buzz Williams and the Marquette Golden Eagles.
With Garrett now focusing solely on URI and Marquette, that means that PC head coach Ed Cooley and his staff must now focus on other options at the point guard position for next season. While Kris Dunn is supposed to be the answer at that position for PC next season, there is no guarantee that he can make it through an entire season healthy given the shoulder injuries that have sidelined him in each of the past two seasons.
With 30 of the top prep programs from throughout the country and from different parts across the globe participating in the tournament, there are many top junior and senior recruits on display that we will be playing division one college basketball in the next year or two.
One of those players is St. Thomas More (CT) wing man Eric Paschall. An early commit to Fordham, the NY native could have easily been a high-major recruit were it not for his early committment to the Rams. Of all the players on the floor in Thursday's games, Paschall stood out as one of the best.
Other players in this weekend's tournament of local interest include Vermont Academy sophomore Bruce Brown whom Providence College has shown interest in. His teammate Christian Vital is also receiving interest from the Friars as well as URI.
Former Friar recruit and Syracuse-bound Tyler Lydon of New Hampton will be on hand. As will two recruits from Worcester Academy receiving local interest - Matt Cimino (URI) and Saul Phiri (PC).
Tabor Academy's Miles Wright had interest from both Brown and Bryant but chose to commit to Dartmouth instead.
Curtis Cobb from Wilbraham and Monson has an offer from URI, PC and UConn among others while Northfield Mount Hermon's Josh Sharma and Aaron Falzon both have offers from PC.
Brewster Academy's Donovan Mitchell has received an offer from Providence as well.