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Q-and-A with Plainfield South’s Alonzo Garrett

02/12/2013, 3:12pm CST
By Tina Akouris

Plainfield South guard Alonzo Garrett checks-in for a Q-and-A.


Alonzo Garett, Plainfield South. Fall sports photo day at Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Illinois, Sunday, November 18, 2012. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun Times Media

Garrett, a 5-foot-11 shooting guard, is one of the leaders for a young Plainfield South team. Garrett is averaging 13 points a game and is the team’s strongest three-point shooter, connecting at a 43 percent clip. Garrett, who scored a season-high 22 points against Naperville North, has scored 20 points or more three times this season.

What is your team’s strength?

Our backcourt. We have quickness, speed, we see the floor well and we can score.

Are you a pretty fast player?

I wouldn’t say I’m fast, because there are a lot of guards I play against who are faster than me. But I’m pretty quick and just an overall scorer. I wouldn’t put any speed to it.

What is your athletic highlight?

Last year when we played (Plainfield) Central I was off the whole game and then I hit two clutch threes. It made the paper the next day. That was one of my proudest moments so far.

When you were growing up was it always just basketball?

No, I tried football once. When I was younger I was heavy and I played with bigger kids. It was a bad experience, so I just stopped and focused on basketball after that.

Was there a specific incident?

I thought I was pretty strong, so I was going up against this dude on a kickoff and I tried to block him. He just knocked me out of the way like I was nothing. I didn’t want to do it anymore after that. I was done.

But do you ever regret it?

Yes, because most of my friends play football and they tell me how much fun it is. Sometimes I wish I stuck with it so I played both football and basketball.

Do you see yourself playing college basketball?

I do. My goal is to get offers this season.

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