NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Coming out of the early signing period, there are only four players still on the board from the top 100. Nowhere is that more evident than at the point guard position, where the top 35 players are all already committed or signed.
Enter Jarvis Garrett.
Garrett, a 5-foot-11 Milwaukee native, has been arguably the best player at the National Prep Showcase this weekend – and his stock is certain to rise. His reputation would rise either way, but the dearth of players at his position makes him even more of a sought-after prospect.
“I think I had a great weekend,” Garrett said. “I was using it to get more offers and everything, but I wanted to get more wins, just going to the national tournament.”
Garrett is a talented offensive guard who can score at the rim or knock down shots from the perimeter. He stays under control and has good vision in a half-court set or in transition. He's capable of beating his man off the dribble, but doesn't force it too much if it's not there.
The Notre Dame Prep (Mass.) prospect averaged 26.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in two games at the Prep Showcase. He also knocked down five 3-pointers in two games.
It's not a stretch to say Garrett is the best point guard left in 2014.
“My strength is getting everybody involved,” he said. “Lately I've been working on my pull-up jumpers and just my effort and everything, and my defense.”
“All I'm looking for is a place that feels like home,” Garrett said. “Somewhere that I can go and play right away, that plays fast and a place that plays defense.”
Despite injury, Josh Sharma touted prospect in 2015
Josh Sharma is one of the better New England prospects from the class of 2015 – and he was a player many scouts and coaches had circled heading into the National Prep Showcase.
One problem, though: Sharma tweaked an ankle and sat out for both of Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.)'s games.
“They're not sure what it is yet,” he said. “I'm going to get it looked at over the break.”
Sharma, 6-foot-11 center, is a matchup problem for most opponents due to his size and athleticism. He runs the floor very well for someone his size, but he's not averse to the paint and the backboards.
He's currently ranked No. 76 in the 247Sports Composite for the class of 2015.
“It's been pretty good,” Sharma said of his recruitment. “I've talked to a lot more schools since the summer, since this last AAU season. It's been picking up.”
Sharma has offers from Maryland, Vanderbilt, Providence, Boston College, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Connecticut, while Creighton and West Virginia are showing interest. He's taken trips to Boston College, Providence and Connecticut – with the Eagles recruiting him the hardest.
However, Sharma has no favorites right now.
“How they use their bigs,” he said of what he's looking for in a school. “A school that likes to use their bigs not just on the low post, but also on the perimeter, running the floor.”
Saturday's top performers
Mustapha Heron, 2016, Wilbraham & Monson (Mass.): While he's still only a high school sophomore, Heron has been on the scene for a while. The lefty guard is tough to guard because of his size and strength at the point guard position. Finished with 35 points.
Jarvis Garrett, 2014, Notre Dame Prep (Mass.): Established himself as arguably the best point guard left on the board in 2014. Finished with 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Goodluck Okonoboh, 2014, Wilbraham & Monson (Mass.): Okonoboh's shot-blocking ability is simply incredible. But he was more than that on Saturday. He hit a face-up jumper, made some nice passes, and played well in the post. The UNLV-bound big man had eight blocks.
Tory Miller, 2014, New Hampton Prep (N.H.): Consistency is the biggest question with Miller. When he's focused like he was on Saturday, he's capable of being a dominant player. Miller finished with 16 points and six rebounds. He's headed to Colorado.
Cane Broome, 2014, St. Thomas More (Conn.): The Sacred Heart-bound point guard made several big plays late in the game for St. Thomas More. He got into the lane effectively, and was able to score with floaters and other shots. Had 29 points and six rebounds.
Detrick Mostella, 2014, Notre Dame Prep (Mass.): This was the ultimate two halves performance. Mostella was awful in the first half, making just one shot. However, he made several key 3-pointers in the second half. Finished with an impressive 29-point, seven-rebound line. He's headed to Pitt.
- Isaac Copeland, 2014, Brewster Academy (N.H.): 18 points. Georgetown signee.
- Devonte Graham, 2014, Brewster Academy (N.H.): 14 points, zero turnovers
- Kevin Zabo, 2014, Brewster Academy (N.H.): 18 points, six rebounds, three assists. San Diego State signee.
- Donovan Mitchell, 2015, Brewster Academy (N.H.): 17 points, five rebounds
- Tavarius Shine, 2014, Fork Union Military Academy (Va.): 21 points, nine rebounds
- Eric Paschall, 2014, St. Thomas More (Conn.): 21 points, five rebounds. Fordham signee.
- Satchel Pierce, 2014, Kiski School (Pa.): 17 points, five rebounds. Marquette signee.
- Aaron Falzon, 2014, Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.): 18 points, nine rebounds (had 37 points on Friday)