Amir Garrett, the athletic wing who transferred from St. John's to Cal State Northridge in basketball a year ago, was simultaneously pursuing his dreams in baseball in the Cincinnati Reds' organization as a powerful left-handed pitcher.
Today, Garrett announced that he has chosen the baseball diamond full-time.
Basketball has brought me close to a lot of people, and it has taken me to places I'd never thought I'd see.— SwaggyAg (@Amir_Garrett) August 7, 2014
I'm so grateful that I was able to experience basketball on one of the highest levels.— SwaggyAg (@Amir_Garrett) August 7, 2014
I'm so happy with my decision it's time to move on to the next chapter in my life. #CountOnAG— SwaggyAg (@Amir_Garrett) August 7, 2014
Good luck to Garrett, who currently has a 3.41 ERA with the Class A Dayton Dragons in 23 starts. Garrett has struck out batters at a rate of 8 per 9 innings pitched; he has a 6-6 record on the season.
Garrett was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.
Garrett, the 6'6" Los Angeles native (who also attended Findlay Prep in Nevada) averaged five points and four rebounds in 20 minutes per game in 2012-13. He scored a career-high 18 points against DePaul in 2012, and in 2013 had a season high of 15 points three times - against Detroit, against South Carolina, and against Villanova.