Agreed. Absolute clinic defensively in the last few games, and I’ve been bitching for years on how when we often get out-rebounded simply because our guys cannot or will not box out. Garrett put on yet another clinic on boxing out Saturday… he even pushed one guy almost into the under-basket seats.
From KU sports dot com :
“Like Lawson, Self marveled at Garrett’s four steals after the victory, saying, “Everybody will talk about those three (Dotson, Lawson and Vick), but we (also) have Marcus Garrett. The way our guys competed defensively all day was tremendous.”
“Inserted into the starting lineup because of the ankle injury to starting center Udoka Azubuike, Garrett’s ability to play four positions and be this team’s lock-down defender has endeared him to his head coach, who places extreme value on versatility and toughness.
“He’s a good player,” Self said of Garrett. “If he had a consistent (shooting) stroke, he would be our best player; I mean, all-around player. He can play and he’s got fast hands and he’s tough and does all the right things.”
Like all of us, Self would absolutely love for Garrett to get better at being a consistent scorer. But the key line here is “HE DOES ALL THE RIGHT THINGS”. Which means defense, good switching on d, boxing out, rebounding, court positioning, passing, running set plays, and trying to be aggressive offensively when the opportunity presents itself. Which is why he will continue to get playing time to the consternation of some people here who feel that our “higher ceiling” freshmen are not getting enough court time at this point.
On the plus side, Grimes must be getting the message because he is really putting effort into his defense, and looks to be not worrying so much about trying to force shots.
And, As some here have noted, he does remind one a bit of Selden, who stuck around for three years