Strengths: Garrett is a 6’4 pure PG with very nice fluidity and smoothness to his game … Flew under the radar throughout his career playing for Iowa State … Played with some pro-level talents before his Sr. year in Craig Brackins and Marquis Gilstrap, and was effective getting them shots in their favorite spots … Possesses the great floor vision that comes with his above average height for the position … Shows very passing ability and is highly unselfish as a distributor as his 6 apg shows … Eyes rarely look at the floor, and he reads the defense very well … Shows a very nice arsenal of moves he likes to use, and shows a very tight handle that’s low to the floor with both hands … Has a nice, smooth 1st step…Very strong in the pick and roll game … Almost always breaks down his man and gets into the lane to create high percentage shot if a big man gets switched on to him …Very good at getting in the lane and is impressive in isolation…Flashes a floater in the lane at times … Good at using the glass and rim to shield the ball from shot blockers…Has solid quickness and shiftiness … Improved his pull-up jumper as a Senior … His 6’8 wingspan and active hands make him a threat as a ball thief … Shows pretty good leadership skills
Weaknesses: Managed to improve his jump shot and confidence in his last 2 years, but remains a below average jump shooter…Has a deliberate release and doesn’t very good touch…Didn’t make defenders pay for diving his screens as much as he needed to…Put up good scoring numbers for Iowa State this past season; but he’s not much of a scorer at all, as his 41 FG% shows and only scored so much because his teammates weren’t very talented…Not was particularly efficient as a scorer, even when he had a limited scoring role…Struggles to finish around the rim in traffic due to his below average explosiveness and leaping ability…Not very strong and more pounds wouldn’t hurt…Very unselfish, but sometimes to a fault…Not always polished with his footwork in the lane, and is prone to overdribbling or killing his dribble in bad spots of the floor…Somewhat turnover prone…Plays with a pretty high center of gravity for a PG..Lacks a degree of quickness laterally and struggles to deny dribble penetration against small, quicker guards…Never played in the post season at Iowa State in his entire career …
Overall: Garrett is a nice talent that has great size and shows some very nice skills as a natural playmaker and is a great ball-handler who plays the unselfish basketball you love to see from a PG. He lacks athleticism, has a skinny frame, never won at Iowa State, and isn’t the best shooter though so there are doubts about him sticking in the NBA.
Jorrye Nixon 6/6/11