Posted On: 04/4/18 7:48 PM

Carrington senior Garrett Bickett chatted with PHD in January but we caught up with him this afternoon.

The Region 3 Senior Athlete of the Year was joined by his family and coaches Wednesday as he signed to play collegiate basketball at the University of Jamestown.

“That’s always been my goal to play college basketball and it just feels great to get to that point,” Bickett said about signing with the Jimmies.

“And finally getting it done (takes) the pressure off my shoulders.”

Bickett led Carrington to a fourth-place finish at the 2018 North Dakota Class B State Tournament.

“Making the state tournament was kind of a dream come true,” he said and averaged 13 points per game and shot 40 percent from beyond the arc in the Cardinals three games.

“Like ever since my freshman year I’ve always wanted to get there and we finally got it done.”

On National Signing Day, Bickett decided to further his education and basketball career with the Jimmies in November. He said UJ was the right fit because of the type of basketball they play.

“I like the high level they compete at every game,” he added. “And I really like the coaches and players there and it just seemed like a perfect fit for me.”

The 5-foot-11 guard averaged 19 points per game, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists for the 2017-18 season and earned all-state first team honors.

Bickett admitted that he needs to work on getting stronger and faster to find success at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics level (NAIA).

“Obviously I have to adjust to the new 3-point line,” Bickett said about what he needs to work on this offseason. “And I have to get bigger, get a little quicker and work on my shooting a little bit and I think I’ll be fine. My ball handling needs a little work too.”

Bickett will spend the spring on the baseball diamond and the track but after high school sports end, he’ll be back in the gym working on his craft.

The Jimmies finished 20-10 this past season and lost to Viterbo University 79-73 on Feb. 22 with a trip to the NSAA Final Four on the line.

“I think the change of pace and obviously the size in my opponents is going be a lot different,” Bickett said about the transition.

And added his time at Carrington molded him into the player he is today and won’t forget the late nights he put in at the gym that help him get to this point.

“It’s an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything,’ Bickett said about his time in a Cardinals basketball uniform. “I love the guys at Carrington and its been a heck of an experience.”