Garrison was a late commit to UConn before the 2005-06 season, when the Huskies were dealing with the suspensions of guards Marcus Williams and A.J. Price. Garrison lost the starting point guard spot to fellow freshman Craig Austrie and was not a major part of the rotation after Williams returned for Big East play in January.
As a freshman, Garrison averaged 1.9 points and 8.9 minutes in 17 games. After contemplating a transfer, Garrison returned as a sophomore in 2006-07 and averaged just 0.7 points and 2.3 minutes in 12 games. Stuck behind Austrie, Price, Dyson and Doug Wiggins in the guard rotation, he decided to transfer to Niagara. After sitting out a season per NCAA transfer rules, Garrison had two productive years with the Purple Knights. He averaged 10.9 points as a junior in 2008-09 and 10.5 points as a senior in 2009-10. Garrison was the starting point guard both seasons.
Professional prospects: Garrison is not an NBA talent, but two strong years at Niagara could enable him to explore a career in a lower-tier league overseas.
Life Away From UConn: A Niagara, N.Y., native, Garrison considered junior college and even Ivy League options before becoming the last member of UConn's 2006 recruiting class. He considered joining Tom Moore, a former UConn assistant, at Quinnipiac but ultimately decided to return home. Garrison was a sociology major at Niagara and exhausted his eligibility this past season.
Remembered for: A jet-quick point guard who was not always fundamentally sound and therefore a bit overmatched in the Big East. His greatest achievements came in high school, where he was third-team all-state and first-team All-Western New York playing for Niagara Falls High, one of the top-ranked high school teams in the nation during his senior year.
In high school, Garrison's teammates included Jonny Flynn and Paul Harris, both of whom would go on to star at Syracuse.
"I chose to come back to Niagara because I have a great deal of love for my community and the way that they have embraced me," Garrison is quoted as saying on the Niagara website.
Spotlight On Robert Garrison
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