Austin Peay continues their fast and furious spring signing period with the addition of point guard Fred Garmon. The 5-11 Garmon is a JUCO pickup for the Governors, playing the last two seasons at Mineral Area Junior College.
As a freshman, the Kennett, Mo., native averaged 7.1 points per game along 4.3 assists and 2.1 steals. A torn meniscus interrupted his sophomore season and then shortly after returning, he incurred a deep bone bruise to the same knee when he collided with an opponent.
“When (longtime college assistant coach) Ronnie Dean heard we were interested in Fred, he said we would love him and he was right,” said head coach Dave Loos. “He had Loos written all over him. He is a pure point guard in terms of his feel for the game and his approach. He is just a bulldog—that’s my kind of guy at that point position.
As a prep senior at Kennett, Garmon averaged 14.1 ppg, 5.5 apg, 4.9 rpg and 3.0 steals. He was a two-time Missouri All-State selection and was named Bootheel Conference Player of the Year.
“As we entered into recruiting our focus was on changing the identity of our team,” Loos said. “We also wanted to make sure we didn’t get caught short at the point guard position. We now have three guys—Zavion (Williams), D.D. (Damarius Smith) and Fred Garmon who all can play the position.”