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Morning Rumble: Garrett moving up, Big East hoops commitments, player accolades

Catching up with offseason news from St. John's, congratulating former Johnnie Amir Garrett, and some notes from around the Big East.

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The pitching career of Amir Garrett, formerly of St. John's, has been strong enough that he has been promoted from the Rookie League Billings Mustangs in the Cincinnati Reds' farm system to the Single-A Dayton Dragons, effective immediately.

Garrett, the former wing at St. John's doing double-duty in the summers as a baseball player, was solid at the Rookie level. He went 1-1 with a 2.66 Earned Run Average, starting five games.

He pitched 23 2/3 innings in total, averaging 4 2/3 per start - not bad for a player who did not pitch competitively in his last year of high school. He struck out 17, allowed 7 earned runs, walked 10, and allowed 22 hits - no home runs.

Amir Garrett transferred to Cal State-Northridge in May.

St. John's news:

Rumble logoThe women's basketball team will once again play in the Maggie Dixon Classic in Madison Square Garden, one of the most prestigious doubleheaders in women's college hoops. The women will face Texas A&M at 11:00 AM on Sunday, December 22nd.

Rumble logoOn the soccer side, goalkeeper Rafael Diaz and defenseman Tim Parker are both second team Preseason All-Americans, according to College Soccer News. Diaz has been a three-year starter, allowing .86 goals per game; Parker started every game (and played every minute) last season as a sophomore.

Around the Big East:

Rumble logoCreighton's Doug McDermott has been invited to participate in the Men's National Team mini-camp. No, none of the players who participated in the last Olympics will be there, but much of the team that those Olympic players faced off against in practice will be there. McDermott and Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart are the only non-NBA players invited.

Rumble logoMeanwhile, Xavier point guard Semaj Christon will be at the Chris Paul camp, after already attending the Deron Williams/ Kyrie Irving camp, and the LeBron James Skills Academy. Which is to say, Christon is spending his first collegiate offseason matching up against some of the best - these camps feature chances to play scrimmages against pros and the best college basketball players. Christon should not be taken lightly next season.

Rumble logoProvidence has a solid recruit in place for 2014 in the 6'6" wing Jalen Lindsey, a top-50 recruit in all of the major scouting services. Lindsey, from Nashville, TN, has relatives in Rhode Island. He chose Ed Cooley's program over Florida, Ohio State, Memphis, and Tennessee. Lindsey will play at Huntington Prep in West Virginia next season. Cooley promised to get players, and he's been delivering for the Friars.

Rumble logoSeton Hall also has a 2014 commitment in Ismael Sanogo from Newark. He is a 6'7", 190 pound wing and selected Kevin Willard's program over George Mason, VCU, St. Joseph's, and Pennsylvania. Obviously, he wanted to stay close to home.