The start of the Major League baseball season may have stirred something in St. John’s forward Amir Garrett. The 6-7 forward and Cincinnati Reds prospect went public with a decision to leave the Red Storm basketball program Tuesday night be declaring it on his Twitter account.
According to people familiar with the situation, Garrett’s move is largely based on a desire to pursue his professional baseball career, but Garrett seemed to leave his future open-ended on Twitter.
“After a long thought out process of speaking with my family, I will be leaving St. John’s basketball program!” Garrett said on Twitter. He added in subsequent dispatches “It was a well thought out decision that didn’t just pop up out of nowhere. St. John’s will always have a special place in my heart” and “As of now I’m playing baseball, but I plan on being at another program in the fall.”
In addition to committing to Steve Lavin and St. John’s hoops out of Las Vegas’ Findlay Prep, Garrett, a left-handed pitcher with a 96 mph fastball, was drafted by the Reds. He signed for a $1 million bonus and reached an agreement with the club that would still allow him to play college basketball.
Garrett started 11 games this season, averaging 5.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in 20.1 minutes per game, mostly playing as an undersized power forward. His minutes are down from 26.9 per game as a freshman and could have been further reduced with the Red Storm’s addition of Orlando Sanchez next season.