Posted On: 12/31/18 12:44 AM

Washington always has a fair amount of talent that is overlooked by Division 1 college coaches. It is well published that Washington is known for producing high level college talent and pros every single year, but the trend of very good players being overlooked seems to continue. Prep schools, Junior colleges and National Junior Colleges have been more than fortunate to receive Division 1 talented players from Washington that didn’t quite receive the recruitment they were deserving of. Speaking of currently overlooked players, Prep Hoops would like to introduce one of Washington’s best unsigned seniors, Jaivion Garrett of Rainier Beach High School. 


Jaivion is a 6’6, 205 pound powerful left-handed forward. His jump shot has vastly improved over the last year and he displayed extended range out to the 3-line with the Northwest Panthers this July. He has some Julius Randle to his game with powerful spin moves in the paint and flashes of a versatile skill set packed into a strong frame. Jaivion mentioned to Prep Hoops that this year his “motor has improved in playing hard every play and I’m getting better at that.” He is a consistent double double threat with his motor, size and athleticism around the basket. Jaivion transferred to Rainier Beach after a solid junior season at Franklin High School. “I love Rainier Beach so far. Coach Mike [Bethea] prepares us for the next level and gets on us for little things to make us better players. He knows what he’s talking about, I mean he has sent multiple players to college and [the] pros.” Coach Beathea is known for squeezing every ounce of effort and potential out of his players and he has earned the respect from players, including Jaivion, as a result. These small details of the game are exactly what can help a talented player like Jaivion reach his potential and ultimately have more college opportunities. Rainier Beach is undefeated and ranks in the top 15 in multiple national high school team rankings. Jaivion is a big part of the south Seattle school’s success and he plans to help them win yet another State Title. The star senior plans to sign late and let his recruitment play out, as he continues to improve in all aspects of his game. It’s only a matter of time before Division 1 colleges see the potential of this young man. 


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