Darius
Garland
Position: PG
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 174 lbs
School/Club: Vanderbilt
Status: Freshman
Birthday: 01/26/2000
 

 

About Darius Garland

Darius Garland is a skilled scoring guard with deep range on his pull-up jump shot coming of a 6-game freshman season cut short by a meniscus injury.  A McDonald’s All-American who staked his claim as the top point guard prospect in the high school class of 2018 in a variety of settings, Garland finished his career at Brentwood Academy ranked as a consensus top-15 prep prospect.  The Gary, Indiana native figured to make an instant impact at the college level under Bryce Drew and got off to a hot start guiding Vanderbilt to four consecutive wins to open the season before getting hurt early in the team’s fifth game.  Averaging 16.2 points and 2.6 assists per game, Garland was not afforded the chance to showcase his game in SEC play but displayed the jump shooting ability and offensive instincts that separated him as the prep level in his brief time with the Commodores.

Father, Winston Garland, averaged 9.4 points and 4.7 assists per game over 7 seasons after being selected in the second round of the 1987 NBA Draft out of Missouri State.

  • Grew a bit late in his high school career listed last season at 6’2 with a 174-pound frame to go along with a 6’5 wingspan.  Not the most physically imposing point guard, but combines the threat of his jumper with polished footwork, quick feet, and dynamic ball handling ability. 
     
  • Served as the clear focal point of Vanderbilt’s offense in limited action scoring dynamically out of the pick and roll while working to develop as facilitator.

Defensive Analysis

  • Attentive defender with strong intangibles.  May not be especially versatile, but competes guarding the ball, has very good lateral quickness, and quick hands.  Chips in on the glass and has some natural improving to do as he gains experience and continues to get stronger. 

Career Highlights

  • Named SEC Freshman of the Week on Nov. 12, 2018, after combining for 43 points in his first two collegiate games (against Winthrop and USC).
  • 2017-18 Naismith High School Player of the Year semifinalist and McDonald’s and Jordan Brand All-American. 

Freshman (2018-19)

  • Averaged 16.2 points and 2.8 assists in five games.
  • Sustained a season-ending left knee injury against Kent State on Nov. 23.
  • In season opener against Winthrop, had the third-most points (24) by an SEC Freshman in his debut in the last 10 seasons.
  • Scored 33 points against Liberty in his final full game of the season (Nov. 19).
  • Tallied a team-high 19 points at USC (Nov. 11). 

High School

  • Averaged 28.6 points and shot 59.7 percent as a Senior for Brentwood Academy.
  • Won a record-tying four state championships.
  • Second player in Tennessee history to win three consecutive Mr. Basketball awards, joining Brandan Wright. 

Strengths

  • Dynamic shooter with deep range.
  • Has a great feel for creating space for his shot.
  • Changes speeds effectively.
  • Has good vision and is a willing passer. 

Personal

  • Father, Winston, played seven NBA seasons.
  • Both of his grandfathers served in the U.S. Army.
  • Played on AAU team Bradley Beal Elite and has developed relationship with Wizards All-Star Beal. 

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