2018 - 2019 Stats

PTS REB AST BLK STL FG% FT% 3P% EFG% PER
16.2 3.8 2.6 0.4 0.8 53.7 75.0 47.8 63.9 23.6
Sales Pitch
Outstanding Floor general that has NBA range and an outstanding feel for the game.
Background
While most of the NBA world was focusing on the impressive talents of Murray State floor general Ja Morant, they might have missed a special talent coming out of Vanderbilt. Darius Garland was starting to show the basketball world just how special of a talent he is before an injury ended his season early. But still, there's plenty of film to notice how impressive Garland's overall talent is. He's an elite prospect with a fantastic feel for the game and can light it up from all over the floor. He's expected to be a potential Top 5 selection come draft night.
Pro Comparison
Shades of Damian Lillard at Weber State
Positives

FEEL FOR THE GAME

  • Outstanding feel and tempo for the flow of the game. Shows tremendous poise on the floor. Knows when to slow things down and when to attack weaknesses in the defense. A monster in the pick and roll game due to his arsenal of moves off the bounce.

CHANGE OF GEARS

  • Looks like a sports car in the open floor. Does a fantastic job of setting up defenders with a variety of hesitations. He'a blur when he wants to be and it doesn't matter if he's got the ball in his hands. 

THREE LEVEL SCORER

  • Can hurt opposing defenses from all three levels. Shows NBA range in various situations whether it's coming off screens or in catch and shoot opportunities. He can finish around the rim, but it's not his strength.
Negatives

FINISHING AT THE RIM

  • Below-the-rim type of athlete that doesn't draw a lot of contact and in the end...it keeps him off of the foul line. 

GAMBLER

  • Tries to make a home run play on the defensive side of the ball when he should just settle for singles. We apologize for the cross-sports reference there. 

FRAME

  • A bit of a thin frame for the point guard position. Tore his Meniscus this season, which is always something to monitor. 
Overall
While Darius Garland's freshman season was cut short due to injury, the talent and tools are still so impressive that he's a sure bet to hear his name called very early on draft night. Garland will draw some comparisons to Portland Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard and you understand why when you turn on the tape. He's an offensive nightmare for opposing defenses, as he can hit just about any shot on the floor and has great quickness.

Film Room: Darius Garland - Nov 13, 2018

Lottery Bound?
One of the top pre-season guards in the nation has come out running for Vanderbilt. Let's take a look at Darius Garland in this installment of FILM ROOM.