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May 14, 2014

Kangaroos come a calling

AHS senior Josh Garrett headed to Austin College to play basketball

Athens — The Athens Hornet athletic program had another player sign their name on the dotted line this season as senior Josh Garrett declared his college plans on Monday morning.

Following graduation from Trinity Valley Community College on Friday night, Garrett announced he is heading to Sherman and the Austin College Kangaroos to play basketball.

“The coach called me and said that he watched my film and he liked what I could do,” Garrett said. “He came and watched me play with my AAU team and I took a tour of the campus and liked it.”

His graduation from TVCC was as a member of the Pinnacle program.

Austin College is a NCAA, Division III school so they are not able to give out athletic scholarships.

He plans to major in mathematics and pursue a master's degree to become a professor.

During his senior year, Garrett was a District 15-3A first team selection as a post. He was also named as an Athens Daily Review All-Henderson County first team selection on the 29-2 regional quarterfinal team.

Athens coach Gerald Anthony said Garrett is a player that will be missed.

“Josh was a guy that never complained and was a guy that you could count on day in and day out,” Anthony said. “He will be missed because guys like that do not grow on trees.”

Coach Rodney Wecker's squad finished the 2014 season with a record of 9-16 overall and 4-10 in the  Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Garrett said coach Wecker has told him he will be playing a familiar position in college.

“I will probably be playing at the shooting guard or small forward position because I am used to playing bigger than what I am,” Garrett said. “I will need to work on shooting the three ball and working on ball handling. I am needing to work on my speed and quickness up so that I can move faster on the court.”

Athens athletic director Paul Essary gave Josh his appreciation.

“Congratulations, not only to Josh but to the entire family,” Essary said. “It is a great honor to have a student athlete from Athens High School sign (with a college) for a couple of reasons. The main reason is to be able to get a better education to make a better life for himself, and also to represent Athens ISD and the community of Athens at the collegiate level. We are awful proud of you and wish you all the luck in the world. We know you are going to do us very proud.”

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