Reports: Garrett eligible for St. John's

December, 21, 2011
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Multiple media outlets reported late Tuesday night that St. John's recruit Amir Garrett has been academically cleared by the NCAA, and could be in uniform when the Red Storm host Texas-Pan American on Wednesday night at Carnesecca Arena.

Garrett was one of three St. John's recruits ruled academically ineligible for the first semester back in September. The other two, JaKarr Sampson and Norvel Pelle, have re-opened their recruitment.

A 6-foot-6 forward from Los Angeles, Garrett was ranked the No. 99 high school senior in the country last year by ESPNU. He spent the fall semester at Bridgton Academy in Maine, working on his grades.

Garrett is also a talented pitcher, who was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 22nd round of this year's Major League Baseball draft and received a $1 million signing bonus. He still plans to pitch in the Reds' minor league system this coming summer.

This would be a big addition for St. John's, which was down to six recruited scholarship players after starting point guard Nurideen Lindsey decided to leave the program and transfer earlier this month.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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