Garrett B. Richardson is a native of ElPaso, Texas. Born into a basketball dynasty, Garrett believes that the game of basketball is not only a game youplaybut it is a way of life. Garrett, like many beginners, started playing in the YMCAleagueat the ageof six. After learning the fundamentals, he then played for an El Paso based AAU team call the, “T-Birds”. At the age of 11, he was recognized by the El Paso Herald Post newspaper and was called, “El Paso’s Best” because he averaged 25 points a game. During his MiddleSchoolyears, Garrett created a fan following because of his high scores, averaging 28 points a game. Entering J.M Hanks High School his freshmen year, Garrett was immediately placed on the Junior Varsity (JV) Basketball team. Garrett averaged 20 points a game which led him to getting All District and All City Basketball Awards. His sophomore year he finished his season averaging approximately 20 points and getting All District and All City Basketball Awards for a second time.
During his sophomore and junior summer, Garrett was invited to participate in the Nike All American Camp where only the top 100 players in the country are invited to participate. His junior season, He averaged 21 points a game and was selected to the All District, All City and the All Regional teams. His final year, Garrett averaged 24 points a game which lead his team to the Texas State Championship Elite 8 in Division 5A. Garrett won honors in All District, All City, All Region, Second TeamAll State, and Co-Player of the year in El Paso, Texas and was named Outstanding Basketball Player of the Year by the El Paso Sunturian Organization. Garrett was invited to the prestigious Faith Seven All Star game in Shawnee, Oklahoma. This battle is where the top players in Texas play against the top players in Oklahoma. Garrett was named The Most Valuable Player of the game and was just one point shy of tying the most points scored in the game.
Having a 3.4 grade point average in high school, Garrett followed his Uncle Nolan Richardson III, who was starting his first year as the Head Men’s Basketball coaching position at Tennessee State University (TSU). In his first year in college, Garrett’s role was switched from being a scorer like he had been in high school to being a leader on the team. He averaged 12 points a game and was selected to the First Team All-Defense, Best Defender Award for TSU and All-Freshmen Team and was the runner up for Freshmen of the Year. Garrett remained consistent averaging 12 points a game during his sophomore year and became great at steals and assist. The awards he received for his sophomore year included; All-Defensive Team, MVP Award for TSU and Second Team All-Conference. During his junior year, Garrett continued to average 12 points a game. Garrett’s defensive skills continued to develop and as a result, he received awards for All Defensive Team, Third Team All Conference and MVP Award for TSU. His final year, Garrett averaged 12 points a game and was Second Team All-Conference. He also holds records for the most steals and assists at TSU and the Ohio Valley Conference. He had the privilege to be a member of the 1000 Point Club, which he scored over 1,300 points in his collegecareer. In the same year, he was selected as one of the top 24 Black Collegiate Players in the country and was invited to play in the Black All-Star game in Cleveland, Ohio.
On a basketball scholarship and a very intense traveling schedule, Garrett graduated in three and half years with Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in both Psychology and Sociology from TSU. He then began working on hisMasters degreein Human Performance in Sports Science. Garrett is also a trained Certified Emotion Life Coach(CELC.). His life goal and passion has always been to help bring out the very best in anyone who wants to create a fantastic life for themselves. After college, Garrett elected to stay in the United States and play in the American Basketball Association (ABA). For three years he played for the Nashville Rhythm, Atlanta Vision, Arkansas River Cats of the ABA and the Arkansas Rim Rockers in the NBA DevelopmentalLeague(NBDL) totaling a combined scoring average of 20 points a game.
When Garrett retired from the game he shifted his focus in a new direction. Garrett began his Mental and Personal Training business by providing private lessons for serious basketball players of all ages. From kids in elementary school all the way to athletes that are recruited and preparing for professional basketball teams in the U.S. and overseas. Garrett’s expertise was taken to another level when he was brought in as a developmental coach for the Mexican Olympic Team. Basketball and Coaching has allowed Garrett the unique privilege of studying the minds of his clients. This led him to the discovery of why athletes have performance issues during season play and team try-outs. Garrett believes 100% that strengthening your mind is just as important; if not more important than the building of your basketball playing skills and your physical strength. Garrett has committed hislifeto helping build serious basketball players by developingbasketball mental strategiesthat willbuild and strengthentheir minds which willtake their level of play to new heights.