2018 point guard Darius Garland commits to Vanderbilt

  • 11/13/2017 12:30 pm in

Class of 2018 Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) five-star point guard Darius Garland committed to Vanderbilt on Monday in an announcement on ESPN.com.

Garland chose the Commodores over Indiana, Kentucky and UCLA. The 6-foot-1 point guard also had offers from Duke, Kansas and several others.

The No. 10 player nationally, according to the 247Composite, visited Bloomington for Hoosier Hysteria and grew up in Indiana before moving to Nashville as a seventh grader.

Landing Garland is a significant recruiting development for Vanderbilt, which is in its second season under Bryce Drew.

The Commodores are also in the mix for two other five-star recruits in the class of 2018: Simisola Shittu and Romeo Langford.

Indiana signed four class of 2018 prospects in the November signing period – Jerome Hunter, Robert Phinisee, Damezi Anderson and Jake Forrester. The Hoosiers are also in the final three for Langford along with Vanderbilt and Kansas.

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  • Arch Puddington

    Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather have Romeo than not. But the “Cody Zeller effect” is exactly the point I am trying to get at. Despite all the excitement his commitment generated and all the exuberance that he made it “cool to play for IU again”, no long-term success came from it. The Hoosiers missed the tournament twice in the four years that followed his departure, and within just a couple of years IU’s recruiting fell off the map so badly that CTC was fired. We are still living with the consequences of a program that did not receive a single commitment from an Indiana player for four straight years, and that lost out on one top out-of-state recruit after another.

    You could say, yes, but that was all because of CTC and his inability to connect with players and coaches. And that is exactly the point. Our long-term success is not predicated on, or even influenced, by a single recruit or class. It is entirely about the long-term respectability and success of the coach. As I’ve pointed out, next year’s team will have 8 players ranked outside the top 100, and none ranked higher than 40. Romeo would help, but with or without him, that team has limits. What is much more important than landing Romeo is for Archie to take what he has, show clear and substantial improvement, and build his reputation and that of his program from the ground up. There are no shortcuts. It will take time and sustained success in modest levels before big-time success is possible.

  • calbert40

    Whenever there is a bush to shake or feathers to ruffle, I’ll be there…

  • IdahoHoosier

    “Close” only counts with horseshoes and hand grenades.

  • TomJameson

    John, I’m starting to think I like the 3 guard lineup, as long as we’re getting, and using, these tall guards. Curtis and Al are 6’4″ and Devonte is 6’3″. Phinisee is only 6’0″, but (IMHO) his skills will be the difference there.

    If Archie recruits these taller, talented, 4-star type guards that’ll be around for 3-4 years each … I could be happy with a three-guard lineup.

  • hardly

    didn’t know this, and it makes perfect sense.. thanks for taking the time to post these details.

  • hardly

    If this is a serious question, your permission to be an IU fan is officially revoked. Cmon man, I can see we’re not NC or Duke right now, but program history versus Vandy? Gimme a break.

  • Ivan Renko

    absolutely ridiculous for bryce drew to potentially pull off THREE 5-star recruits. (assuming they get Shittu and Langford). pretty sure only UK and Duke have had 3 or more top 10 recruits in any given year the last decade or so

  • VOXAC30

    I said it from the beginning… Race Thompson and Robert Phinisee we’re the main targets of this class. We ended up getting three more extremely talented kids in DA, JF, and JH which I never would believe was possible. I am very excited about this class top to bottom.

    I would love for us to land Romeo Langford because he’s an in-state kid and his family just seems like amazing people. And it would mean a lot for Indiana University to land Romeo but in the end it is his decision but it sure would be nice to see him on our Squad next year.

  • I hate purdon’t

    I doubt that you know what your talking about. I posted it several times including when I. U. was recruiting Phinisee.