Small forward rated 39th in US according to Rivals.com
Caymanian basketball player Josh O’Garro is ranked among the top high school basketball players in the US.
O’Garro is ranked the No. 39 small forward in the class of 2021, according to Rivals.com, which is widely considered among the premier high school recruiting websites in the US. He jumped up the rankings after being named to the all-tournament team at The Fantastic 40 summer tournament, in Las Vegas, which featured some of the best prep recruits in the country.
“I’m curious to see what level Josh O’Garro is going to be recruited on,” Rivals’ Eric Bossi wrote following the tournament. “The 6-foot-4 wing is a fine athlete with a lean frame and the ability to finish at the rim. I don’t think he’s just an athlete, though, and I see lots of potential on both ends of the floor. I first saw him with BTI Select over Memorial Day and he caught my attention there, but I was really impressed with his work in Vegas.”
O’Garro has garnered recruiting interest from several NCAA Division I teams, including Big Ten schools Michigan and Wisconsin and Pac-12 programme Stanford, according to social media posts from O’Garro’s club basketball programme, BTI. Yale, Holy Cross, Boston, Columbia, Southern Utah, University of California Santa Barbara and the University of California Irvine have also shown interest, according to BTI.
O’Garro will tip off his junior season of high school basketball this fall at Santa Clarita Christian School. He helped lead the Cardinals to the 2018/19 California 3AA state championships.
Several Cayman Islands players have suited up for Santa Clarita over the years. Among them is Bodden Town native Justin Collins, who played alongside O’Garro last year en route to conference most valuable player honours. Earlier this year he signed on to play with NCAA Division II team, California State University, in Los Angeles. Several other Caymanians have played at the school, including Davion Cotterell, Philip Webb, Chris Collins, Tikko Moore, Maynor Brooks and Larue Nixon.