Amir Garrett took to Twitter and told his followers his intentions of leaving the St. John’s Red Storm program. Garrett, whose minutes were in decline from his freshman season, is also a very talented baseball player. Leaving the St. John’s program had more to do with furthering his baseball career than it did being unhappy with the Red Storm or Steve Lavin.
Considering that there is a $1 million signing bonus waiting for him, it should not be a huge surprise that baseball is his top priority. When Garrett agreed to take a scholarship with the Johnnies, he had to sign a certain kind of contract which would allow him to sign with a pro-baseball team but still be considered an amateur athlete. Depending on Garrett’s next move, cash money might be in his near future.
However, Garrett did not rule out playing collegiate hoops in the future. While he did state that baseball is his future, he made it clear that he will be looking to join a new program in the fall.
Still, he made sure to let everyone know that St. John’s will always have a special place in his heart. Usually, transfers bring a lot of hard feelings to the surface and the split is generally less than nice. With Garrett, however, this looks to be smooth and no hard feelings should be had by either side.
Depending on how much further Garrett would like to be from his farm team could be the determining factor where he transfers. While no announcement has been made as to where he will go, it looks unlikely that he is hanging up his basketball shorts.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone