Kansas basketball lands Marcus Garrett in early signing period

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Standout guard Marcus Garrett has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play men’s basketball at the University of Kansas, KU head coach Bill Self announced Thursday.

Garrett has been described as utility guard, who plays multiple positions, and can run an offense and provide versatility in playing multiple positions. At 6-foot-5, 180 pounds he creates match-up problems and also has been described as an elite defender.

“Coach (Jerrance) Howard has known Marcus for quite some time,” Self said. “He plays for a good friend of ours, Paul Graham, who I was an assistant with at Oklahoma State many years ago. After watching Marcus and getting to know him, he became a focal point of our recruiting.

“We feel Marcus is extremely talented and so versatile with his size. At 6-foot-5, he can play any position on the perimeter. Anyone can play with him and he can play with anyone.”

A 2015-16 all-state selection as a junior at Skyline High School in Dallas, Garrett is a four-star recruit who verbally committed to KU in early August. Rivals.com ranks Garrett No. 37 in the 2017 national rankings.

Last season Garrett averaged 17.7 points, 10.1 assists and 7.0 rebounds in leading Skyline to a 32-3 record under head coach Paul Graham. With Garrett at the controls, Skyline made a run to the state tournament, advancing to the UIL Class 6A Region II semifinals. When not playing for the Skyline Raiders, Garrett plays AAU basketball for Dallas-based Swaghouse coached by his uncle, Matthew Watts.

“We feel like Marcus’ best ball is well down the road,” Self said. “We’re excited to get him. He’s a young man that knew what he wanted to do early on in process and we appreciate his loyalty toward Kansas.”

Garrett chose Kansas over Texas, Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Connecticut among other schools.

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