Morgan Park to retire Garrett's number

Morgan Park High School senior guard Billy Garrett Jr., a DePaul recruit, will have his No. 5 jersey retired by the school prior to Thursday's Chicago Public League playoff game against Lane Tech.

Garrett Jr., a 6-foot-4 point guard, owns the school-record for career points with 2,063. He's averaging 22.5 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Mustangs this season.

"Billy has been with me four years strong," said Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin, who had his number at Carver High School in Chicago in 1997. "I just want to show my appreciation and say a job well done and I'm proud of you.

"He's meant a lot to this program. He was the one who helped jumpstart this program along with (now Louisville guard) Wayne Blackshear. He's helped our program tremendously. Without him, my career wouldn't be as good."

Garrett Jr. played four frosh-soph games as a freshman and has been starting on varsity ever since. He helped Morgan Park to a city title as a sophomore. The Mustangs are 22-2 this season and considered an Illinois state title contender.

Garrett Jr. is the son of DePaul assistant coach Billy Garrett. Garrett Jr. committed to DePaul prior to his junior season. He's ranked No. 78 in the senior class by ESPN.

The Blue Demons have struggled in recent seasons, especially in the Big East. Irvin is confident Garrett Jr. will help DePaul turn the program back around.

"Billy's definitely going to give them a boot just like he gave me a boost," Irvin said. "Billy's a winner. He's going to bring that mentality to DePaul. He's an NBA player. At the end of the day whether it's one year or two years, he's going to be an NBA player out of DePaul. He's going to help take them to the tournament. I'm a firm believer in that."

Simeon, which is located a short distance from Morgan Park, also recently retired the numbers of Jabari Parker, a Duke recruit, and Kendrick Nunn, an Illinois recruit.