Five-star point guard Darius Garland has “awesome” official visit to IU

  • 10/22/2017 8:30 pm in

Indiana made quite the impression on five-star point guard Darius Garland over the weekend in Bloomington.

Garland, who is originally from Gary, Indiana, but has lived in Nashville since seventh grade, was in town for his official visit.

“The trip was awesome. It was a really good trip,” Garland’s father, Winston, told Inside the Hall on Sunday. “We got a good vibe for the coaching staff and coach (Archie) Miller, what they’re trying to do offensively and defensively. From watching practice and from coach Miller’s teams at Dayton, you can tell why they’re near the top of all of the defensive categories. They’re really intense, the practice was intense on both ends.

“We had a good chance to sit down and talk with Archie and the staff. They’ve been in a couple of times, but just to get back in front of them and talk to them was great.”

The Brentwood Academy point guard, who is ranked the No. 10 player nationally by the 247Composite, was showered with cheers from Indiana fans in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall throughout Hoosier Hysteria.

The reception for Darius was special for Winston Garland, who played at Gary Roosevelt and for five different NBA teams, but grew up an Indiana fan.

“That was incredible. We walked out to such a nice friendly ovation,” Winston Garland said. “I got goosebumps. I can walk into Assembly Hall and get goosebumps, but that was amazing. My wife had tears in her eyes. The reception that he got was just amazing and made me feel really proud. I’ve always been a Hoosier fan and to witness that, it was great.”

Garland is considering four schools: Indiana, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and UCLA.

He has one visit remaining and that will be to UCLA next week. After that, the family will enter decision-making mode.

“We’ll sit down and talk about the pros and cons of each school that we’ve visited,” Winston Garland said. “He wants to make a decision by mid-November.”

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  • kennygeorge

    thank you for visiting and hope you pick IU.

  • Kwang

    Mid November….would be a great birthday present to me if he signs.

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    Glad the fans showed some love. Hope he comes to IU! It’s really cool that his dad was an IU fan. Hope he will be one again.

  • Arch Puddington

    Me, too. And my birthday is in April.

  • bball at nick’s

    Dar-IU-s!!

  • Mr.Bailey

    It would make me feel very proud if he committed to IU!

  • Pat Smith

    That’s funny.

  • William Stephens

    I hope Darius comes because that will give IU a couple great point guards. Always having great point guard play is a big advantage. Fresh players who can push the ball and distribute while making other players better. There is plenty of minutes to go around and playing for IU really becomes a treasure later in life, I hope these kids realize that. I hope Darius, Romeo, Keion, and all the IU recruits consider the program as highly as they should. Top notch education (with the NBA openly talking about doing away with the one and done) great tradition (home to the greatest college team of all time, 1976 Hoosiers), beautiful campus, (at Indiana basketball players enjoy the campus life, not stuck into a private dormitory) wearing the candy striped warm ups, the best home crowd in college basketball, and a Hoosier for life. If these players can work together and develop this could one day be considered a super team, plenty of good scorers and if they can become great defenders the sky’s the limit. What to hell could be better of course if someone wanted money, then good luck please go elsewhere.

  • Hardwood83

    Well stated, William.
    We’re obviously (and justifiably) biased, but IU isn’t a glorified Community College or Basketball factory like most other big time programs. Also not a athletic back-water (looking at you Vandy) either. It’s just right, let’s hope Garland, Romeo and many others get that.

  • Dialogos68

    Let’s hope Darius is as excited as Winston!

  • TomJameson

    Let’s hope he’s swayed by the emotions his mother felt. That welcome brought her to tears, and that’s amazing. THAT, is the crowd showing a lot of love.

  • TomJameson

    Same here (April), and I would consider it a birthday gift and Christmas gift combined. lol

  • TomJameson

    I’ll probably forget, so, Happy Birthday Kwang!

    Be sure to remind us all on the Premium Forum … but maybe a few days before due to that forgetting problem of mine. lol

  • VOXAC30

    This is a really big deal and it is very hard NOT to read between the lines. I would love it if he put some ink on the paper because DG and RP would make an amazing back court.

  • marcusgresham

    I saw a guy Saturday night with a shirt on that said “All my Christmas tree needs is Garland.”
    The woman with him had something about Romeo on hers but I didn’t get to read it.

  • Kwang

    My birthday is the first week of November and my wife bought me a subscription to ITH premium at the beginning. Such a good girl. Garland said he is making a decision in mid November, got my fingers crossed.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Land Darius in November and maybe that will be enough to convince Romeo to commit!

  • Larry Brown

    What’s with Vanderbilt being a finalist for 5 Star recruits?

  • Jonny Fruits

    If him and RL commit, I believe that puts us at 14 schollys. Who’s going to be the odd man out?