Garrett leaving St. John's hoops team

St. John’s forward Amir Garrett has decided to leave the program, he announced via Twitter on Tuesday night.

“After a long thought out process of speaking with my family, I will be leaving St. John’s basketball program,” Garrett said.

He elaborated in subsequent tweets. “It was a well thought out decision that didn’t just pop up out of nowhere,” he added. “St. John’s will always have a special place in my heart.”

A 6-foot-6 sophomore from Los Angeles, Garrett averaged 5.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in 20.1 minutes per game this season. His playing time decreased from his freshman year, when he averaged 26.9 minutes per game.

Garrett is also a pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds organization. He was drafted by the team in the 22nd round in 2011, and given a $1 million signing bonus. The Reds allowed him to play basketball during the school year, and pitch during the summer.

He’ll be back on a mound shortly, but it doesn’t sound like Garrett is through with basketball.

“As of now I’m playing baseball,” Garrett tweeted, “but I plan on being at another program in the fall.”