Video: Class of 2018 point guard Darius Garland Nike EYBL highlights

  • 09/25/2017 9:59 am in

Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) and Bradley Beal Elite point guard Darius Garland is a consensus top 15 prospect nationally and an IU recruiting target in the class of 2018.

Indiana recently conducted an in-home visit with Garland and will host him for an official visit on Hoosier Hysteria weekend.

Here’s a look at more than two minutes of video of Garland from the 2017 Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) circuit:

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  • N71

    Wow, a Monday morning post with Darius Garland highlights after a really good in-home visit…is this a sign?

  • VOXAC30

    At 1:44 his footwork on the crossover was sick! I know this is only highlights but even with all of the other highlights I have seen of him he is clean! Simply Amazing! I would love to see you and Robert Phinisee in the back-court together.

  • Kelin Blab

    Love his game. Plays like his dad…not fancy…just efficient and gets the job done.

  • nnmns

    Shoots well, penetrates well. But if he’s a point guard we should see him making some slick assists too.

  • VOXAC30

    That is how I am reading it as well….

  • unclekerfuffle

    Like his midrange floater. Really a tough shot to defend.

    I know potential is just that–potential. I still can’t help getting excited about what the 2018-19 Hoosiers could look like and the noise they could make.

    Haven’t been this optimistic in many years.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    looks like he’s got the offensive chops to be a good scorer at the next level. and boy is hoosier hysteria getting interesting!

  • Jrod

    Love his form looks the same every time. Follows through very well with the Goose head at the end. This kid can ball.

  • VOXAC30

    Oh I think Romeo’s family was kind of like Calbert Cheaney’s. I have spoken with people who went to school with #40 and that Calbert’s family had them attend all of the school events to support the school and tried to keep focus on the school. The parent volunteered for a ton of stuff. They seem the same very discrete and like to keep attention away and to keep it on the school.

    I thought you were implying that it says something about Darius’s decision is considering IU heavily and it is coming sooner then we think. I wasn’t looking so much into Romeo’s decision because he is has been clear that it will be much later.

  • iugradmark

    I know there has been a lot of discussion on how he might impact Robert P’s play but from the little bit of video in this post, he seems like he would be equally comfortable playing some 2. He has a comfortable catch and shoot game that would work well with Robert’s pass first game.

  • Outoftheloop

    “Reading signs” is an ancient tradition, usually after an animal sacrifice of some sort. The priest “divines” based upon the pattern of the charred bones. Recruiting sign reading seems much less bloody. But equally specious! Get Darius and Romeo to B-town for Hoosier Hysteria. I like IU’s chances with each and with both!

  • Stromboli

    I got to see Darius play at the EYBL event in April. Very unassuming as he takes the floor. And then…. he’s just playing at 1.5x the speed of everyone else. He squirts through holes you wouldn’t consider, and makes passes his teammates weren’t expecting. That midrange floater comes in when his defender is flat-footed trying to time a jump close to the rim, and instead they’re late to make a play. Very talented. Also, if you watch him more, you’ll see him assess a defense and draw them in a direction to get his teammate open. He if a very good passer. Also, he took time after the game to take pics with kids. I was very impressed.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    left hand,right hand, 3 ball,floater, shimmy shahe, takes it the cup hard, what is not to like

  • AndyCapp

    You lost me at “specious”… lol. If I have to look up a word in the dictionary you are making me think too hard 😉

  • AndyCapp

    And according to bball at nick’s he is also a terrific passer, which is just as important to me. It’s been said previously that he is also a pretty good defender. So I repeat your question, what’s not to like!?!

  • inLinE6

    I honestly don’t see Garland and Phinisee play alongside each other (at least not for long stretch), but Garland is a starter from day 1, and Phinisee can use some time to develop and become a star in year 3.

  • Hoosierkamp

    I don’t know why he is rated so high? He can only shoot it ridiculously well, he’s as quick as yogi was coming out of HS, his floater is awesome, his handles are scary good…… its crazy he’s a top 10…. haha

    Would be awesome to have this kid for sure. He is just fun to watch

  • Oldguyy

    They would both benefit from playing against each other in practice, and while Garland would almost certainly start, Phinisee would likely see significant playing time from the beginning, and be the starter once Garland leaves. And there are always situations where you can use two good ball-handlers on the floor at once.

  • jmac

    Don’t we always get an article after just about every top 100 kid visits or has an in-home?

  • AndyCapp

    I will! Thanks bball.

  • Kyl470

    Robert is IU’s PG for the long haul, but he might need a year or two before he is ready to run the show. Garland is a 5 star PG that would start for any program the day he steps on the court. If he chooses IU he will only be here one year which would give Robert a year to get adjusted and then 3 years to start.

  • Kyl470

    Agree 100%.

  • inLinE6

    I think once you’re rated top 10, you start to think about the draft. But from what I saw, and what I’ve read from scouts, Garland is not a true one-n-doner. He could be two-n-done though. Langford is a different story. If he plays exactly as he’s expected to, his probability of leaving after one year is much higher.

  • Ivan Renko

    I can see a situation where we could be running with Phinisee at PG and Garland at SG. Garland is going to be looking to score a lot more that phinisee will be in year 1, could open the floor for phinisee to maneuver and find the open man, and give garland great cutting lanes and step-in 3s

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    Nah. I think Romeo’s parents and other insiders are playing their cards closer to their chest. Doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bluffing. Doesn’t mean they have a royal flush either. They’ve been pretty quiet about everything throughout most of this recruitment, including how other schools’ are doing too.

  • inLinE6

    Miller’s packline defense would leave some room on parameter… and we get two under 6’1 guards there… I’m a little concerned but maybe they’re quick enough to make up the ground.

  • Ivan Renko

    agree with you. I threw in a second paragraph probably while you were still typing… I was thinking it would only be under limited circumstances or to shake things up, kind of like what you were saying, not for long stretches

  • Ole Man

    AFTER the in-home, Garland had a really great official to Vandy this past weekend.
    I think you’d have to say that they are still leading the pack.
    Let’s hope he doesn’t commit before we can get him here for HH.

  • Ole Man

    Romeo’s family says nothing to nobody ’bout nothing! I swear deh must be I talien!

  • Ole Man

    See my post above.
    Garland had an official to Vandy after his in-home which went really well.
    We’ve been following it in the forum.

  • TomJameson

    When Darius Garland and Robert Phinisee are freshmen, the only other scholarship guards will be Curtis Jones, Al Durham, and Devonte Green … with pretty decent walk-ons in Ethan Lasko and Vijay Blackmon. My point is that Garland and Phinisee will both play a lot of minutes, and probably will play together quite a lot. Two great guards can carry a team during NCAA tourney time.

    If Romeo comes to IU also … well that is a great problem to have. But one thing is for sure, Robert Phinisee didn’t come to IU with the idea he’s starter in his 3rd year. lol … Even with Romeo in the mix, Phinisee will get a lot of playing time as a freshman, and will for sure be a starter in his Sophomore year.

  • VOXAC30

    Yes he will and I think Romeo is a small forward so a three guard line up would seem like a good move let him play wing as well as off guard.

  • Arch Puddington

    I’m not sure about the starter “for sure” as a sophomore, because he’ll have to beat out some other good players, likely including some not currently on the roster.(Although don’t get me wrong, I think he is an outstanding player). I totally agree, though, that he can play a lot, even if Garland shows up. I was actually thinking about just that earlier today. Kansas played with two players technically identified as PG’s last year, and I think Garland and Phinesee could make a really dynamic tandem. Both can penetrate, shoot from outside, and pass. They would be very difficult to match up with, and I see no reason why they wouldn’t play together frequently.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Awesome!!!! Therefore when they are at a restaurant and they order manhattan chowder and roll their eyes in disgust when the server says,,,”Oh you mean the red one.”

  • TomJameson

    Obviously the “for sure” part is my opinion, but I think Phinisee is that good. This instant, no … but after a year with Garland, and perhaps with Romeo, plus the practicing with our two sophmores Devonte and Curtis … I really think the potential for Phinisee is just that good.
    But that’s why they have to play the games. 🙂
    But that’s why they have to play the games. 🙂