Reds draft St. John’s recruit, who’ll likely end up in MLB

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Steve Lavin can probably exhale. If Amir Garrett ends up playing pro baseball, next season seems unlikely.

The 6-5 wing is a two-sport threat, rated as a top 100 prospect for the class of 2011. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Reds selected him in the 22nd round (685 overall) of the MLB draft Wednesday.

At least one report indicated he could bypass college hoops for the minors if he were taken in the 7th round or higher because it could’ve meant a $1.5 million signing bonus. Though that seems unlikely for now. Especially when even Garrett’s unsure of his future plans.

Still, Garrett’s a 6-5 lefty who throws in the 90s. He’s sitting on a baseball lottery ticket.

Garrett is one of nine incoming Johnnies recruits, all of whom could play key roles in Lavin’s rebuilding project. Garrett will be vying with Sir’Dominic Porter, Jakarr Sampson and Maurice Harkless for playing time. He could end up being a star with St. John’s, but his baseball skills are impossible to overlook. Some think he could throw 100 mph one day.

“There might be 100 players in the NCAA and NBA that can match his size and athleticism, whereas there might be five in the whole country in baseball,” Southern Nevada pitching coach Nick Aiello told Luke Winn. “I think he realizes that when he gets off the bus in A-ball, there won’t be anybody who looks like him.”

But hey, the kid wants to hoop. From Jeff Eisenberg:

Darrow Garrett describes his son as “a baseball player who happens to play basketball,” but he says “it will take a lot” for a Major League franchise to persuade Amir to give up on  hoops right now. The elder Garrett harbors dreams of his son emerging as the next dual-sport athlete like Bo Jackson, so he doesn’t believe it’s necessary to choose between the two sports yet.

Good luck to Garrett. He gets to follow his hoops dream and hopefully cash in on his baseball talents. That’s quite a gift.

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Wichita State’s Anton Grady improving after being hospitalized

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Wichita State senior forward Anton Grady received some positive news on Saturday as a neurosurgeon reviewed MRI results, which are negative for spinal cord trauma.

According to a release from Wichita State, doctors believed Grady suffered a spinal cord concussion during a collision on Friday after he was taken off the floor in a stretcher and taken to a hospital in an ambulance. CT and MRI scans on Friday both turned up negative, but the news of Saturday’s results are an even more encouraging sign for Grady.

The injury for Grady occurred during a Friday loss to Alabama during the AdvoCare Invitational as the senior’s condition has improved since the collision. Grady will receive physical therapy over the next few days and doctors will check his progress before he is released from the hospital.

Grady has been alert and responsive to questions and had feeling in his extremities on Friday, but the use of his arms and legs was limited. By Saturday morning, Grady had improved the use of his extremities.

The 6-foot-8 Grady has averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds per game this season in his first season with the Shockers. The Cleveland State transfer is shooting 39 percent from the field.

Colorado’s Tory Miller reprimanded by Pac-12 after biting opponent

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Colorado sophomore forward Tory Miller has been reprimanded by the Pac-12 and he also apologized for biting Air Force’s Hayden Graham earlier this week.

During Colorado’s win over Air Force on Wednesday, Miller was assessed a Flagrant 2 Dead Ball Technical Foul and ejected with 12:25 left in the second half after biting Graham during a loose ball.

In a release from the Pac-12, they announced reprimanding Miller, but he will not be suspended.

“All of our student-athletes must adhere to the Pac-12’s Standards of Conduct and Sportsman-ship,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the release. “Regardless of Mr. Miller’s frustration and emotion, such behavior is unacceptable and he is being appropriately reprimanded.”

Miller also released his apology in the same release.

“I would like to apologize for my actions during the Air Force game. I would like to apologize to Hayden Graham, Air Force, my teammates and fans. It was a heat of the moment thing. I’m an emotional player, but I let my emotions get the best of me. I will use this as a learning experience and focus on helping my teammates and respecting my opponents for the rest of the season and beyond,” Miller said.

For Miller to not be suspended for this is good news for him and Colorado since he won’t miss any additional action, but did the Pac-12 make the right decision on this?