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The complete player

Edison's Dylan Garrity might have recently become the program's all-time assists leader, but the senior could also score

he's on track to become the school's career scoring leader, too, averaging 22 points a game for the 15-0 Chargers this season.

January 05, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com
  • Edison's Dylan Garrity.
Edison's Dylan Garrity. (DON LEACH, HB Independent )

For Dylan Garrity, his game has always centered around a pass-first mentality.

That's a major part of a work ethic the Edison High senior has brought to the basketball court, where he has carved out a highly successful prep career. And the 6-foot-1 point guard, who captains the Chargers, is still adding to his résumé.

"As far back as I can remember, I've always had that mentality," said the 18-year-old. "Pass-first is definitely something I've done my entire life. Every coach I've ever played for, at any level, has told me that I don't shoot enough. I've just always enjoyed helping out my teammates."

That unselfish attitude has benefitted Garrity in several ways, one of which recently put him into the school's basketball record book.

Garrity last week passed Eric Ferraro as the school's career assists leader. It happened Dec. 23, the day Edison defeated Tustin at the North/South Challenge. Ferraro had set the new standard of 376 assists in 2009.

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After Tuesday's 65-46 nonleague win over Calvary Chapel, Garrity, who played in his 100th career varsity game and scored a career-high 34 points, now has 396 career assists heading into Friday's Sunset League opener against Fountain Valley.

Ferraro, in turn, passed along a congratulatory note to his successor.

Garrity, 18, was grateful for the gesture, and mindful of the guiding hand Ferraro provided him with when he was a raw freshman new to the varsity team.

"Eric sent me a really nice message on Facebook, congratulating me on setting the record," Garrity said. "That was really great of him.

"Eric was a senior on the team when I was just a freshman and he showed me the ropes. When I came out as a freshman I didn't know much, especially about offenses. Eric stayed around after practices and would help me out, help me learn how things worked. I owe a lot to him for that."

Garrity seemed to catch on to things right away. Since he entered the starting lineup toward the end of his freshman year, he has been All-Sunset League both his sophomore and junior years, has been All-CIF two years running and as a junior last year, was All-State.

"The summer of his freshman year, Dylan was playing with the JV team and when I saw him and saw what he could do, I realized he belonged on varsity and immediately moved him up," Edison Coach Rich Boyce said. "He had great instincts and knew how to play the game.

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