ESPN No. 11 ranked high school senior Darius Garland is close to making his college decision.
Garland, who is down to Indiana, Kentucky, UCLA and Vanderbilt, will announce his final choice on Monday night Nov. 13.
“He’s ready to make a decision,” his dad Winston Garland told 247Sports.
The heavy favorites are Indiana and his hometown Vanderbilt, and 247Sports predicts it will be the Commodores.
If Vandy can land the top 15 recruit Garland it would be a huge coup for the school.
“A lot of times a five-star commitment is more of a perception thing for a program than a reality thing,” Scout’s Brian Snow told the Tennessean. “But Darius Garland is so good and will impact Vandy so much right away, it’s also huge on the court.”
Garland, a 6-1 point guard, averaged 22 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals last season for Tennessee’s Brentwood Academy (through Jan. 28), leading the team to a 30-2 record and the Division II-AA state championship.
He poured in 30 points with 7 rebounds and 4 assists, while draining 4 threes, in the 74-42 title game win over McCallie.
247Sports’ Jerry Meyer said Garland’s deadly shooting combined with his playmaking skills make him unique.
“In my opinion he’s the best point guard in the country in the [senior] class,” Meyer told tennessean.com. “One thing that kind of separates him as a point guard is that he’s such a great shooter. He puts a lot of pressure on the defense and can also play the shooting guard.”
“He’s a very versatile guard and he’s got upside,” added Meyer. “He’s still developing physically, he has the genetics, and so he’s kind of what you look for in a prospect.”
Garland, who grew 2 ½ inches since a season ago, is getting better and better.
The previous year as a sophomore he was the state’s Mr. Basketball and the Tennessean Player of the Year, again leading Brentwood to the Division II-AA state title.
But despite his incredible season in 2015-16, Garland was even better last year as a junior.
“I would say he’s the most improved player on our team — by far,” said his Brentwood Academy head coach Hubie Smith. “To me, it’s unbelievable the difference in him this year compared to last year.”
“He’s much better at attacking, he handles better, he shoots it better, he understands better, he guards better,” Smith added. “He’s just better all around — a better rebounder, better finishing around the goal. He’s just a terrific player and he’s so coachable.”
If Garland keeps getting better at this rate, he should be scary good this season as a senior.
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