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Kansas lands first pledge for ’17, Marcus Garrett

In an era when highly touted basketball prospects are followed from the time they are in middle school and on, Marcus Garrett may be a bit of an anomaly. Playing for Skyline (TX), he burst on the scene as a junior, gained steam over the summer as a high-riser, and popped as the first Kansas Jayhawks recruit for the 2017 recruiting cycle on Monday.

Garrett went from being little known to now being a top-50 recruit in the class. He has tremendous size at 6′-5″ and really showed his versatility as a junior, averaging 18 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds for a strong high school team.

According to DallasNews.com, Garrett picked Kansas over scholarship offers from many other programs, including Big 12 foes Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas, along with Connecticut, Oregon and others.

Garrett will join a solid backcourt as a freshman, with Malik Newman expected to be eligible following a transfer year, and Devonte Graham set to be a senior. Garrett’s size and versatiltiy should give him the ability to see time as a reserve in both backcourt slots, as he learns the Kansas system. At the end of the day, Garrett is a tremendous addition for Kansas and one that will potentially pay even more dividends as time moves on.

Kansas Scholarship Grid

Position2016-20172017-20182018-20192019-2020
Point GuardsFrank Mason (Sr)Devonte Graham (Sr)Marcus Garrett (So)Marcus Garrett (Jr)
Devonte Graham (Jr)Marcus Garrett (Fr)
WingsSviatoslav Mykhailiuk (Jr)Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (Sr)Lagerald Vick (Sr)Malik Newman (Sr)
Lagerald Vick (So)Lagerald Vick (Jr)Malik Newman (Jr)Josh Jackson (Sr)
Malik Newman (Tr)Malik Newman (So)Josh Jackson (Jr)
Josh Jackson (Fr)Josh Jackson (So)
PostsLanden Lucas (Sr)Dwight Coleby (Sr)Carlton Bragg (Sr)Mitch Lightfoot (Sr)
Dwight Coleby (Jr)Carlton Bragg (Jr)Evan Maxwell (Sr)Udoka Azbuike (Sr)
Evan Maxwell (Tr)Evan Maxwell (Jr)Mitch Lightfoot (Jr)
Carlton Bragg (So)Mitch Lightfoot (So)Udoka Azbuike (Jr)
Mitch Lightfoot (Fr)Udoka Azbuike (So)
Udoka Azbuike (Fr)

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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