Darius Garland dominating his second year on EYBL circuit

  • 04/30/2017 7:40 am in

WESTFIELD, Ind. — Born and raised in Gary before moving to Nashville, five-star, 6-foot-1 guard Darius Garland is no stranger to life on the Nike EYBL circuit.

Ranked as the top point guard in the 2018 class and No. 7 overall, according to 247Sports, Garland is now in his second go-round playing in the Elite Youth Basketball League. In 2016, Garland helped lead the St. Louis Eagles (now Bradley Beal Elite) to Peach Jam, where the Eagles finished with a 1-4 record.

With a year of experience under his belt since the 2016 trip to South Carolina, Garland is hungry for more.

“Playing with a lot of 2017 kids last year, that was amazing,” Garland said Saturday. “I’m a veteran now. So I have a big role to play. I’m a leader, a floor general. I have to be more aggressive this year, just trying to go to Peach Jam and win some more games.”

Through seven EYBL games, Garland ranks 17th in scoring (18.6 ppg), fifth in assists (6.0 apg) while shooting 57 percent from the floor and 89 percent from the line.

That includes the Session Two opener on Friday night, when Garland poured in 32 points, five assists and two steals in an 86-81 victory over Nike Team Florida. Garland hit all nine free throws he attempted in that contest, with many coming in the final minutes, allowing Brad Beal Elite to secure the win.

Garland has been on Indiana’s radar long before the hiring of Archie Miller. In fact, he was offered by IU back in early March of 2016.

Now, Miller is picking up right where the previous coaching staff left off, attempting to beat out the likes of Duke, Kansas, Vanderbilt and others and ink the floor general to the class of 2018.

Friday night, IU assistant Ed Schilling was on hand for Garland’s game versus Nike Team Florida. On Saturday morning, Archie Miller was there along with Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, for Brad Beal Elite’s game against Team CP3.

“Coach Archie is really aggressive, that’s what I like about him,” Garland said. “He’s really forceful, he’s on me really hard. I’ve been talking to him every day now and we’re starting to grow a relationship.”

Garland isn’t the only player on Brad Beal Elite attracting the attention of Indiana. James Wiseman, a 6-foot-10 power forward in the class of 2019 and a top 10 ranked player himself, earned an offer from the Hoosiers last week.

“We haven’t talked about IU yet, but me and James have a great relationship,” Garland said. “We’re rivals in Nashville.”

As for his expectations at the collegiate level, Garland is looking for a landing spot that provides a good mix of academics, winning and playing time.

“I want to get my degree,” Garland said. “That’s a big thing for me. Just how much I’ll play as a freshman. I want to have the ball as a freshman, just play my game, be a leader. I want to help my team wherever I choose to go.”

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  • Ole Man

    This kid even talks like a Point Guard! Go get him Archie! LOL!

    Nice article, Josh! Thanks for all the good work you do.

  • N71

    Imagine Darius and Romeo in the same backcourt, wow.

  • marcusgresham

    1. Congratulations to him for getting out of Gary.
    2. C’mon back home to Indiana.

  • TomJameson

    Nice passing. Sees the floor, can get to the rim, smooth looking shot … and a very nice passer. 🙂

    I really like the way he wants, and accepts, leadership.
    He would look good in candy stripes.

  • SCHoosier

    I watched the first 30 sec of this tape and was sold. Kid wants a degree and playing time..IU can offer both in spades! Garland plays with a lot of quickness..great court vision and a nice shooting touch. Yet looks like he’s “floating” out there he is so smooth. Realistically speaking I see no reason why this kid can’t be #1 on Coach Miller’s list for his class. If Arch is calling him every day…I think Darius is already there.

  • IU track Alumni

    Plays like Tyler Ulis and a little like Cat Barber.

  • Ole Man

    Better than Tyler.

  • Lance76

    With CAM’s history of being a PG, I wonder what influence it has when interacting with someone like Garland. Having a coach that has played at a D1 level is a big plus for IU. We will have PG playing time for that class which should help. One of these top players coming on board has the potential for more to follow in the same class.

  • Stromboli

    Guys I stopped in to the EYBL all three days. Coming away he was by far my favorite player. Very unassuming demeanor out there, but can really take over a game. Very smooth, fast, kinda slippery in his drives, and incredible touch.

    The article didn’t mention that he grew up as a major IU fan, and still calls himself a Hoosier. Things look very good here. He would make a fantastic player for us.

  • NC Hoosier

    #1 is the best post I’ve seen in a long time.

  • David Macer

    Comparing him to Cat Barber is unfair to Darius. Cat was a me first player. Living in NC (and my wife loves NCST), I saw him play many times.

    A better comparison might be our very own Yogi.

  • “Coach Archie is really aggressive, that’s what I like about him,” Garland said. “He’s really forceful, he’s on me really hard.”

    Seems to correlate with Eric Hunter’s opinion. Seems like when Archie wants a guy, the guy knows it.

  • A lot of flashy pin-point passes for the highlights. I wonder what his TO% is. If he averages less than 1.5/game, if I’d have to pick between Darius or Romeo, I’d pick Darius.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Strom, thanks for that. Really appreciate the info.

  • TomJameson

    Yes, agree with IU Hoosiers, Thanks for the info Strom. Anytime you have anything else like that to share, please do. These first-hand reports are the best.

  • TomJameson

    There were a couple of passes that were just a bit lucky to end up in the hands of his teammates. At least one of those two I noticed, hit his player in the hands, but was fumbled a bit.
    Of course, there were those great no-look passes that were just amazing. 🙂

  • HoosierHeel

    Seems like all of these kids really respond well to how Archie recruits. I am looking forward to seeing how these next few classes turn out!

  • IU track Alumni

    Fair assessment. I was more so talking about speed and how shifty he is. But Yogi is a very good comparison too.

  • Corey Dunigan

    Romeo would surely appreciate a PG like this

  • Corey Dunigan

    not to mention he said he really wants to graduate
    check the PG posish for a while

  • And these are just highlight films. Too bad they don’t publish TO numbers. Lots of kids like to pad their mixtapes with highlight worthy tricks at the expense of ball security, but if this kid doesn’t have a ton of TOs with the way he plays and can consistently thread the needle with his passes, then he’s the real deal. Reminds me of Tyus Jones.

  • marcusgresham

    I was curious but didn’t think to ask earlier when I posted; does anyone know (I’m sure one of you savants will be all over this,) how old he was when he left Indiana?

    Edit: One more thing—strombolis are the shizz-nickel!

  • marcusgresham

    Have you seen Mrs. Archie? Archie’s got game!

  • marcusgresham

    Remember how Bugs Bunny’s eyes popped out of his head and you could see his heart trying to do the same thing in his chest when he first saw Lola Bunny? I think I had that same response. A few things I noticed.
    1. His release looks a bit like Mo Creek’s–not ideal but it was hard to argue with the success.
    2. It’s pretty odd how often he seemed to go to his left.
    3. Who the hell pulls up from 35′ and lets it fly? Wow.
    4. Would have liked to have seen some defensive clips.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Hello Ole Man!!! I hope all is well with you. How tough is it for us losing Thomas? I am really worried about the “gap” he leaves behind. Thanks.

  • I wouldn’t have dared imagine such a thing until just a couple of weeks ago. Now…

  • Seriously. I can only imagine how _that_ recruiting process went.

  • iugradmark

    When playing in. The gray uni who is 23?

  • Yes…a dynamic duo at IU!

  • Ole Man

    Yep! I’m really worried. TB under Archie was set for a breakout year.
    DD will probably make a huge leap, but he simply cannot carry the load by himself.
    And I’m not in the school that a 6’8 guy can play center for a lot of minutes in the Big Ten. It didn’t work for IU before and it won’t work now.
    The tandem of TB and DD could have carried us to a Final Four.
    Anyone saying they’re glad he is gone is talking “out their hat.”

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Great point. Obviously Deron will be a pure center or power forward. I just don’t know who will replace TB. We will have a much smaller lineup next season. Maybe CH or Juwan will have to play at the 4. Losing TB is a huge void.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Marcus,, you are great!!!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Has anyone heard from Vicbert???? I hope he isn’t hitchhiking in North Korea.

  • Lance76

    Francis Okoro 2019 Normal Ill 6’9″ 220-he looks good. I could be wrong, but remember James Wiseman (on same team) getting a recent scholarship offer from IU.

  • iugradmark

    Thanks he looks strong and fluid. Doesn’t seem that heavily recruited. I wonder why.

  • Todd Lindeman

    Couldn’t agree more. I think Deron is going to be a stud this year but if and when he gets in foul trouble we will have our hands full w alot of teams in the conference. Priller might be seeing more mins than anyone expected. Maybe this moore kid could put some weight on? Hes got the height, but honestly he moves more like a flex 3 than a power forward.

  • cbags05

    Awesome thanks for the info. This kid gets me excited about the possible things to come.

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    I think the same of Johnson and Blackman.

  • From your mouth to god’s ear.

  • timamac

    And getting Keion Brooks the following year!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Exactly Todd!!! Losing TB is a huge void and if Deron is in foul trouble, ,and he will, , then what?

  • Ole Man

    True that on the Moore kid. Give him a year or so and he might give us some good minutes out of the 3/4 slot. But next season should have been a red shirt for him; but he won’t take it.

  • TomJameson

    Somebody, sorry I forgot who, posted that they saw him play a couple of games and declared that he really was the real deal.

  • TomJameson

    Well, we’ve had kids say they want to graduate before but still fell to the lure of big money. And I don’t blame them a bit. 🙂

    Maybe the timing will be right, peak after three years and get your degree at the same time. I think Archie, being a PG in college himself, will have Darius improving year-after-year. By the end of three years of progressive improvement, I see this kid going pro.

  • Hoosier4life67

    hey, i was born and lived in Gary till i moved to Merrillville in 82. Wait, your right. I can’t argue this point. Carry on!! lol