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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  • Piker

    Not you steel but all this talk about something fishy going on with Bryce and 5 stars is strange. Hometown kid wants to go play for a good coach, good school and bring along some buddies and now Bryce is doing something fishy. And then others talking about Scott, next it will be Homer cheated at Valpo bringing his own kids in. Nonsense

  • Mark Bando

    Yep, rankings mean nothing if the players arent winners that show toughness and will sacrifice for the good of the team.

  • steelhoosier

    Amen piker, I pretty sure Darius’s dad Winston after playing 9 years in the NBA isn’t going to let his son get rapped up in anything “fishy”. He openly admits his son is better than he was and he played in the big show. I would have loved for Darius to come back to Indiana for college ball. Had there been a top level travel team in Gary he may have stayed in Indiana. Just hoping Romeo commits closing out a top notch recruiting class.

  • Ole Man

    Yes, but he cannot sign after Wednesday.

  • Ole Man

    He as asked by a reporter and that was his answer.

  • Hoosier PD

    Yep.

  • RonG

    Really! What the heck was Cody Zellar a 1star. By the way Justin is a Crean recruit and I guess Yogi just sucked! BE REAL !!!!

  • Brad

    Be real? UK gets more 5 star recruits in a year than Broadcaster Crean had in 9 years.

  • calbert40

    You’re moving goalposts.

  • calbert40

    Let’s not kid ourselves. Having Garland would have been really nice, but we do already have a top 100 PG coming in next year’s class. He wanted to stay close to home, and there is nothing wrong with that. Good luck at Vandy.

  • calbert40

    A friend of mine is the play by play broadcaster for a conference opponent of McCutcheon, and I asked him about RP. He said he is tough as it gets, and you just about can’t guard him. I’m very happy to have him aboard next year.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I Sincerely hope that Archie considers moving AD into the starting lineup. If we are rebuilding anyway, let’s get the young man some experience. He’s out playing JN anyway.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Interesting – thanks

  • INUnivHoosier2

    Did Riley dump your sister or something? You’re awful salty.

  • BannersOnTheWall

    Garland would have been a great get for the program, but after watching the first two games of this season, I am just thrilled that we will be adding some lengthy wings to close out on shooters in the ’18 class. Plus, this could provide more playing time for Phinisee to learn the point in Archie’s system.

    That being said, I am still hoping for Romeo!

  • Donnie Vick

    Well he already has a year under his belt. Applying this logic, you should be questioning Archie more because he was in the running for 2 5 stars in 18 and more in 19.

  • Donnie Vick

    He looked good last night

  • Donnie Vick

    He would have played for Bryce

  • Donnie Vick

    Is Wisconsin on steroids averaging 50 points?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    John, Thanks for that. I was nervous that many “posters” would not agree about Robert Phinese. I am ecstatic he is at IU. Darius wasn’t a must in my mind because of Robert Phinese.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Plus, based on his first hand experience with the game and the program, I doubt that, outside of just a few of us (myself not included), his insights are more on target than the average fan.

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  • RonG

    Thank you calbert40!!!

  • Michael Rizzo

    I kinda respect the kid a little more for braving an up and coming program, and wanting to be that hometown kid.
    Would have I loved to see him in candystripes-yup.
    Do I think we did anything wrong not to get him-nope.

  • sarge

    It’s the Cody Zeller effect. If we landed Romeo and he stayed for more than a year, it would have a massive impact.

  • Vernon Aldrich

    And he looks like a developing force…

  • VOXAC30

    I like Darek Elston but in no way shape or means do I want a team of Elston’s. I would like a team of Jeff Newton’s, and Dane Fife’s. I do see your overall point though in you have better results upper class men. I will contend that you do need at least one 5 star a year to keep the pressure off the rest of the team.

  • 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.