Garrett Hopes To Hear His Name Called
AMES, Iowa- Diante Garrett has been waiting for this day his whole life. The former Iowa State point guard will intently watch the coverage of the 2011 NBA Draft tomorrow night, anxiously hoping to hear his name called.
The Milwaukee, Wis., native has done everything he can. After posting an outstanding senior season where he earned All-Big 12 Second-Team honors and led the conference in assists (6.1 apg), Garrett has spent the last three months traveling around the country showcasing his skills.
The feedback he's received has been positive. A strong showing at the Portsmouth Invitational in April got it kickstarted. He later performed well at a couple of NBA draft combines, as well as numerous individual team workouts.
Many prognosticators have the former Cyclone as getting selected, some don't. It's out of his hands now and Garrett will hope for the best tomorrow.
Garrett is in Ames to watch the draft and he sat down with cyclones.com about the individual workouts, the draft process and his time in Ames.
cyclones.com: How did you get all of your individual workouts scheduled?
DG: Some of my workouts were setup before the NBA combines by my agent. I had one combine in Minnesota and one in New Jersey and I played pretty well at both. Then a lot of teams scheduled me to work out for them. It was fun playing against all of the best players at the combines.
cyclones.com: If you had to guess, how many teams did you work out for?
DG: All of the teams came out to New Jersey, and all of the teams came out to Minnesota. I had a total of 13 individual workouts. It has been a really fun process.
cyclones.com: When you go to the individual workouts, what sort of drills do they put you through?
DG: They do a lot of competitive stuff like shooting five in each spot and dribble pull-ups. Then they have you go right to one-on-one, two-on-two and three-on-three. Sometimes you go full court, other times they put you in different sets in half court. Many of those sets were already taught to me by Coach Fred. I was kind of used to it and that really helped.
cyclones.com: What was it like to compete against the other top players in this year's NBA Draft?
DG: I was prepared for that. I was out in L.A. with Brandon Knight, Jordan Hamilton, Kyle Singler and some other guys. I had a chance to work out with a lot of the guys and we were doing a lot of stuff together to prepare ourselves. It was really fun and competitive to have the chance to go out and actually compete against these guys in drills.
cyclones.com: What are some of your attributes that the NBA scouts said they really liked?
DG: They like that I am out there being unselfish and a true point guard. Going out there and helping the team win and creating open shots for other guys. They also like how I can get to the basket and finish with both hands.
cyclones.com: How much has your father (Dick Garrett) helped you in all of this, just knowing that he has been there before as a former NBA player?
DG: He has helped me a whole lot with my confidence, talking to me every day and making sure I am alright. He has been a great person to lean on for advice and a great dad.
cyclones.com: When you stepped foot at Iowa State in 2007, did you think that you would have a chance to get a call on draft night?
DG: I thought about it, but I knew I had a ways to go (laughs). The hard work that I have put in is just paying off.
cyclones.com: If things don't go your way and you don't get drafted, there are plenty of other options. Are you thinking about that?
DG: Yeah, I am always trying to stay a step ahead on things like that. My agency has contacts overseas and I have talked to a lot of teams from overseas that came and watched my workouts. As long as I am playing basketball and making some money, those are good options.
cyclones.com: Can you sum up your Iowa State career and how much you grew up in Ames?
DG: I learned a lot and had a great four years out here in Ames. It was a great place for me to get away from home. It is a great community with fans that were behind you no matter what happened throughout the season. I really loved playing here and playing for the fans.
cyclones.com: Will you be in Ames during the draft?
DG: Yeah, I will be because of what I have been through here. This is where it all began for me. I got to showcase my ability here while working hard in the gym and being supported by the fans. Why not come back?