Box And One With Garret Siler

By Wesley Chism Jr., BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: November 20, 2009

SEATTLE (BASN) — When the season opens for the Utah Flash of the NBA’s D-League they will have the services of Garret Siler at the center position.

This 6-foot-11″, 305-pound rookie out of Augusta State is ready to go to work.

“This is what I’ve been training for all summer long and I’m so excited about the opportunity of playing for this organization and contributing to the success of this team,” stated Siler.

At first glance, Garret appears to be nothing more than a big old Teddy Bear. But if you have any thoughts of scoring an easy bucket on him, prepare to be disappointed.

The Utah Flash used their fifth pick in the 2009 D-League Draft and selected Siler.

He provides the Flash with a defensive presence that will have this team competing to the very end.

“I was a late bloomer to the game of basketball and really didn’t start playing until my junior year of high school, that’s when I noticed some improvement, had some success and started taking the game more seriously,” said Garret.

The transition from college basketball to the pros comes with its own set of challenges.

The two a day practices in training camp are not fun but you can get through it.

“What I’ve learned this far in my young professional career is that basketball is much more of a business than a sport when you make it to this level.

Nobody is going to hold your hand and stay on you like in college,” Garret said.

“That responsibility belongs to me and I need to put in the necessary work to become the best player that I can be if the ultimate goal is playing in the NBA”, he added.

“When my number is called I’m prepared to do what is asked of me from my Coaches”.

Garret is a sponge and soaks up everything on the court.

He’s got a high basketball I.Q and has no problem playing out of his comfort zone.

“What I feel that makes me different from a lot of other players in the league is that I don’t have any problem making adjustments to fit into the system and defensive schemes that the coaches are trying to implement.”

Garret is going to be a welcomed addition to the Utah Flash this season.

He’s intense, plays hard and a strong physical presence in the paint.

“At this time I don’t even know what the number on my jersey is going to be,” Garret said with a smile.

But I’m looking forward to getting on the court for the first time in front of these amazing fans in Utah ,” he added.

The D-League regular season starts on November 27, so prepare to be amazed.