June 24, 2010
Leuzinger forward Amir Garrett has decided to transfer to Findlay Prep in Nevada.
Garrett was arguably the top player for Leuzinger last season when the Olympians made a very surprising run to a Division 1-AA CIF championship. The Olympians run would have gone further had it not been for a game-winning three point buzzer beater by Taft’s Bryce Jones that knocked Leuzinger out of the State playoffs in the second round.
The loss of Garrett will certainly hurt Leuzinger’s hopes of repeating as CIF champions this season.
Garrett is an incredibly skilled and athletic wingman who led Leuzinger in both scoring and rebounding this past season. The 6’7 rising senior put up an incredible 16.8 points per game, 7.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 1.6 assists and .8 blocks.
Garrett is sort of like a hybrid between Shawn Marion and Lamar Odom. On the offensive end his jaw dropping athleticism allows him to dominate in transition, as he has become well known for his backboard shaking dunks. But Garrett is more then just an athlete, he has very strong handles and a developing jump shot. He can finish at the rim and he really expanded his offensive repertoire as the season progressed.
On the defensive end Garrett can cover all five positions. He has quick hands that allow him to poke the ball away from guards and he does a good job of getting picks on big men as a help defender. Garrett needs to work on protecting the rim more but he is an excellent rebounder and does a good job of getting position.
Overall, Garrett is an extremely talented player and should help Findlay Prep go for a three peat as Nevada basketball state champions.