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10 - Darius Garland

Vanderbilt 

  • Birthday: 1/26/00
  • NBA Position: Point Guard
  • Class: Freshman
  • Ht: 6-2
  • Wt: 175
  • Hometown: Nashville, TN
  • High School: Brentwood Academy
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NBA Comparison: Mo Williams

Strengths: A 6’2’’ultra quick and shifty point guard … Possesses some of the best ball handling skills in the 2019 draft class … Has an adept ability to create his own shot … A "slick" ISO player with refined pull up abilities off the dribble. Very crafty at setting up shots and using change of speed and pump fakes to get defenders biting and off balance ... Excellent at using the dribble to create passing angles ... Extreme quickness, keeping defenders off balance … Deadly three point shooter … His silky smooth release and dribbling abilities make him difficult for opponents to defend … Before suffering a season-ending knee injury, he averaged 16.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in his five games with Vanderbilt ... He is extremely challenging to stay in front of when he is in a scoring rhythm ... Catches opponents off guard with his open court speed ... Knows when to use his soft floater and gets to the basket with ease ... Has quick hands and is a scrappy defender ... Has good length and size for the PG position with a 6'5 wingpsan and a 8'1 standing reach ... Players with NBA bloodlines seem to fare better than the average, so having a father (Winston Garland) that played in the league gives him added intrigue ... Shot 75% FT in five games, but was closer to 85% in high school ...

Weaknesses: Relatively unproven, especially risky to be taken as a high/mid lottery pick without having had to prove himself over the course of a college season ... Turnover prone ... Negative a/to numbers through first five games of college career. In his limited action as a Vanderbilt freshman, he totaled (2.6 apg) 13 assists to (3.0 tpg) 15 turnovers, which is uncharacteristic for such a talented point guard ... A small sample size to draw any real conclusions from, however was turnover prone in high school as well, so may take a while to learn to become a reliable distributor at the NBA level … Sometimes struggles to make the right decision under the rim … Not an explosive athlete … Very thin frame and may struggle to put on a ton of srength/weight … May get bullied around by NBA guards due to his lack of size … Not all players recover 100% from knee injuries, so it is something that NBA teams have to take into consideration regarding his medical reports …

Outlook: Despite a short-lived college career, Garland is still a potential future lottery pick because of his point guard intangibles and natural scoring ability … Still have not seen him at his best yet … If he can improve on the defensive end, he can become a high level point guard at the next level…

Notes: Measured: 6'2" in shoes, 6'0.5" barefoot, 175 lbs, 6'5" wingspan, 8'1" standing reach at the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit ... Son of former NBA point guard Winston Garland … In his five games at Vanderbilt, he shot 47.8% from 3-point range … Also received offers from Kentucky, UCLA and Indiana … 2017-18 Tennessee Boys Basketball Player of the Year … McDonald’s All American ...

Kailey Jackson 5/20/19

Strengths: 6’2 point guard … Great speed and quickness … Good body control with the ability to make acrobatic layups at different angles ... Finishes with either hand at the rim … Can serve as a scorer or distributor, creating offense for himself and others ... Led Team USA in scoring at the adidas Eurocamp with 15.3 points per game ... Understands a balance of when to score and when to pass … Can impact the game without scoring. Averaged 16.8 points per game over the Nike EYBL and finished top 10 in assists per game with 4.8 ... Ideal point guard traits, court vision, and decision making ... Very good ball handler and creativity ... Sells crossover and dribble moves well. Uses screens well, splits the defense, and gets where he wants as a dribble penetrator. Changes directions with the ball and plays under control at a high speed. Changes his speed and uses hesitations effectively … Instinctive. Makes correct reads ... Plays within the flow of the game, doesn’t force things that aren't there ... Shot 53.3% from the floor over the Nike EYBL … Plays well off the ball … Draws a lot of fouls ... Very reliable free throw shooter ... Shot five free throws per game at 85% over the Nike EYBL … Very good midrange scoring ability with pull ups and floaters ... Also, shoots well from three ... Can shoot off the dribble or catch … Good on ball defender and plays passing lanes well ... Utilizes quickness and has good anticipation ... Averaged 1.1 steals per game over the Nike EYBL … Good toughness and hard nosed competitor … Has solid length with a 6’5 wingspan and 8’1 standing reach …

Weaknesses: Lacks strength. Very light, only weighing 175 pounds. May strugle to add weight. Finishing at the rim will be much more challenging at the next level … Very quick but isn’t an explosive athlete … Can shoot from outside but more on the streaky side … Good assist count but can cut down on turnovers, averaged 2.6 per game over the Nike EYBL …

Outlook: Recorded 11 assists in the McDonald’s All-American Game … Dished out five assists in the Jordan Brand Classic … Scored 16 points (four three-pointers) in the Nike Hoop Summit … Won four Tennessee State Championships and three Division II AA Mr. Basketball awards … One of the top point guard prospects in the 2018 high school class …

Evan Tomes 5/20/19

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