Five-star point guard Darius Garland has IU offer, ties to the state

  • 04/28/2016 10:16 am in

One of the top prospects in the class of 2018 has taken an interest in Indiana and he has major ties to the state.

Darius Garland, a 6-foot, 160 pound point guard who attends Brentwood Academy in Nashville, Tennessee, lived in Indiana until his seventh grade year.

Garland is the son of Winston Garland, who played at Gary Roosevelt and later in the NBA for seven seasons where he spent time with Golden State, the Los Angeles Clippers, Denver, Houston and Minnesota. The older Garland was named to the Indiana high school basketball hall of fame’s Silver Anniversary team in 2007 and also coached at Westside High in Gary until 2012.

Darius is building his own name as he’s currently ranked a five-star prospect by the 247Composite and is building major recruiting interest as he stars this spring for the St. Louis Eagles on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) circuit.

As a sophomore at Brentwood Academy, Garland led the program to its second consecutive Division II-AA championship and also won Division II-AA Mr. Basketball honors. He averaged 18.6 points, 4.3 assists, 2.5 steals and two rebounds per game in his third season playing varsity.

His stellar play has continued this spring in his first season with the Eagles as he scored 51 points over three games at the EYBL stop last weekend in Westfield. The Eagles are 5-2 and in good position to qualify for July’s EYBL Peach Jam finals.

“I like it a lot (playing with the Eagles). Have some good teammates, coaches and I think I can fit really well with them,” Garland told Inside the Hall on Saturday. “We have a lot of good wings with Jordan Goodwin and Tim Finke and some solid bigs. It’s been a good fit for me, so I like it a lot.”

Not surprisingly, recruiting interest continues to pick up steam for Garland, who visited Indiana on March 6 for the Maryland game and received a scholarship offer on the trip.

In addition to Indiana, he mentioned Texas, Ohio State, UConn, Kansas, Vanderbilt, Louisville and UCLA as some of the schools involved early on.

“Everyone is in the mix right now because I’m so young,” Garland said when asked about where things stand with the recruiting process. “I haven’t been thinking about it a lot. Meeting new coaches and everything, it’s a lot of fun.”

The early March trip to Bloomington was a positive experience for the five-star floor general.

“It was really good. The atmosphere was crazy because it was senior night,” he explained. “It was really fun. They say they’re going to be on me really hard and they are here watching this weekend.”

Combine his ties to the state and the fact that he’s already been on campus and Garland’s recruitment appears to be one the Hoosiers could be in for the long haul.

“My family is up here and I’ve been liking Indiana for a while,” he said. “They just started recruiting me this year and I’m really excited about that.”

(Photo credit: The Tennessean)

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  • Bill Graham

    Its hard to get excited about 2018 recruits because so much can change in the next two years…but I LOVE seeing defensive highlights. This kid has great anticipation and court vision. His D indicates that he has a high bball IQ. It would nice to get excited about a guys defense for once rather than just getting guys who can fill it up.

  • inLinE6

    Reminds me of T.J Leaf. Five-star with Indiana tie. Highly recruited. Hopefully this time we can actually also get him.

  • Fivelefts

    Where is the video?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I’ll tell you who also has a tie to the state,,,Bob Knight! He is on the nationally televised Trump rally speech right now in Evansville. Wow!!! What an appearance.

  • Outoftheloop

    Yes! Trump can teach Bobby a lot about basketball and Bobby can teach Trump a lot about building coalitions and diplomacy. What a JOKE!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I thought it would be a nice off the cuff comment during the down time for IU basketball. I was sweating during typing because you never know how someone would interpret it. Take care Out!

  • ForeverIU

    Bob Knight is a big prick.

  • ForeverIU

    I just felt the urge to say how much I appreciate all that our program and coaches are doing to bring in the quality recruits, and ITH for covering the recruiting news.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i love all this recruiting news! and glad to see the staff going after the big fish. now they just gotta land em some. maybe make up some recruiting ground on the dukes and pUKes of the world.

  • Ole Man

    Nah; he’s just being Bobby.
    We’d be 3 banners fewer without him.

  • marcusgresham

    Sadly, I think you’re both right. Bobby is just being Bobby, but that means being a prick. He was our prick, but still a prick. Now he’s not our prick and he’s a petty, vindictive prick.

  • ForeverIU

    Then he was always a prick.

  • ForeverIU

    ROFL!

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    I deal with political news all day and IU Hoosier Basketball is my escape. So I hate seeing it on these forums. It RMK news and it should be mentioned.

    I have spoken with RMK twice and very nice and an awesome story teller.

    I have also spoken with Kelvin ruin the program Sampson and he was one of the most down to earth guys I have ever met. He was also super funny in an analytical kind of way.

  • Ole Man

    True. I could forgive him anything until the endorsed Trump. That was the straw….!

  • AZMBNZ

    I don’t mind your comment. However, you mentioned the two people in America that can elicit the strongest responses from people in this area. You had to know it was coming! lol

  • Bill Graham

    Hypothetically, If Trump was running with Calipari as his vice president. I’d vote for Hitler.

  • cbags05

    Can only up it once so i will post a second.

  • cbags05

    Right. So do ties to state matter anymore?

  • Outoftheloop

    Absolutely!

  • ForeverIU

    For me it started when he went to speak at Purdue.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Oh I did!

  • TomJameson

    With the scope of recruiting what it is today, internet, AAU circuit, and just the whole explosion in media availability …. No, state doesn’t really matter to most recruits anymore.

    I think that is a little sad, but it expands the possibilities for the recruits, I guess.

  • hoosierbred

    I watched Winston play in high school and college. High quality character along with his BB talent. Have a feeling the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
    I see the haters keep on hating. Just can’t seem to let bygones be bygones. I bet if he were still here and had added a banner or two, I know what some of the haters would do to this so called _rick.

  • I’m with you.. I don’t see the sense in being a ‘hater’ towards him.. Let bygones be bygones. I harbor no ill will toward RMK.. I do wish he’d came back for a visit though. I think as long as he doesn’t a lit of fans will kind of hold that as a ‘grudge’ against him. To ne honest though, toward the end of his illustrious career, he wasn’t really headed in the direction of adding another banner or two.. had a couple of very ‘early exits’ against Richmond and Cleveland State with teams that should have been better.. But who knows.. he may have turned it around.

  • TomJameson

    So Forever … If I quote something from you but not directly name you, should I just say a little Birdie told me? 🙂

  • ForeverIU

    For the record, I don’t give a damn about Knight and his relationship to basketball. It’s his politics that disgust me. I mentioned his appearance at Purdue because he was making political statements there. I couldn’t care less about the PUke-IU rivalry. I’m starting to think he ran his program like he wants our politicians to run our country — as dictatorships.

  • ForeverIU

    You would need the language of birds, and the wisdom of King Solomon!

  • I can’t argue with you on that point.. He was pretty much a ‘dictator’.. It seemed like earlier in his career here, you were kind of unaware how much that really was the case. I was also unaware of the content of his comments at Purdue.. Not a huge follower of politics. They pretty much all manufacture stuff they think we want to hear and never live up to their promises anyway. Or in the case of Knight I think he sometimes tries to see how off the wall he can get. But I really don’t care about his political viewpoints.. He’s entitled to assume any position he wants politically, and speak on it in public, just as we all are. Doesn’t mean I have to agree with him.

  • TomJameson

    Going by your new icon, I’m thinking you have the language of birds …. I’ll leave it at that. LOL

    Have a great day Forever.

  • ForeverIU

    It’s my “disqus” identity, by the way, and it’s not demeaning anyone. So quit nosing around, and let me be.

  • TomJameson

    You know, I was just trying to be nice and never thought you were demeaning anyone. Didn’t know your new identity was to be a jerk (the nicest word I can “say”). Consider yourself left alone.

  • hoosierbred

    Don’t know if that’s what he wants. Whether he does or doesn’t, that’s pretty much the way our country is currently being run. At least Knight was competent enough to run a program. My apology, shouldn’t be talking politics on this site. Only offends people. Need to be talking IU basketball and helping unify Hoosier Nation in support of the program.