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(2018) PG Darius Garland to Vandy

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I find it amusing that when Garland was unsigned, he was a great player and a great kid and someone we absolutely had to have. Now that he's signed with Vandy and had that incident, he's a thug who's really not that good and wouldn't have brought much to the table anyway. 
Well he is overrated now somebody said but that's always how it goes when we lose a guy. Suddenly it's we did not need him, etc.

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12 hours ago, LamarCheeks said:

I find it amusing that when Garland was unsigned, he was a great player and a great kid and someone we absolutely had to have. Now that he's signed with Vandy and had that incident, he's a thug who's really not that good and wouldn't have brought much to the table anyway. 

Where did someone call him a thug? I must have missed that. I only saw one person saying they would prefer a roster of 4 star Indiana kids and another speculating if we dodged a bullet with this one. But it's ok, everyone deserves the chance to get on a soapbox now and then.

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On 12/8/2017 at 10:30 PM, TheWatShot said:

Where did someone call him a thug? I must have missed that. I only saw one person saying they would prefer a roster of 4 star Indiana kids and another speculating if we dodged a bullet with this one. But it's ok, everyone deserves the chance to get on a soapbox now and then.

Isn't that kinda the whole point of this thing? 

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Darius Garland to go pro, withdraws from Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt freshman and prized recruit Darius Garland has withdrawn from school to begin preparation for the 2019 NBA Draft, he tells 247Sports.

"It was a really hard to decision from sitting down with my family," Garland said. "I talked to coach [Bryce] Drew and the coaching staff and it was the best fit for me because of where I'm placed right now is really unbelievable especially coming off the injury. Just having a chance to play in the league, which I've been dreaming about that since I can remember, playing in the NBA, just having that chance I couldn't turn that down."

"Just get focused and start the new chapter," he added about the decision. "Coming off this injury it's a long process. I'm going to stay focused on this and that’s why I chose to do this now."

Garland, a native of Nashville (Tenn.), had a season ending injury to his knee two minutes into the fifth game of his college career. Garland had surgery on Nov. 26 on repair the meniscus in his left knee. Rather than go to school, Garland has opted to fully focus on his rehabilitation and getting properly prepared for spring workouts and the Draft.

"We really don’t know yet for sure," Garland said when asked where he plan to do his rehab. "I’m going to try and find the best rehabilitation place in the country and go from there."

Garland's father told 247Sports that his son has yet to finalized which agent they plan to sign with. 

Garland entered Vanderbilt as a five-star prospect, ranking No. 14 in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Prior to the injury, Garland was working his way up Draft Boards with a strong start to the season and a big showing at Vanderbilt’s NBA Pro Day.

The game prior to getting injured, Garland scored 33 points in a win over Liberty. In the first four games of the season, Darland was averaging 19.7 points, 4.75 rebounds and 3.25 assists, plus made 11 of his 23 three-point attempts.

When the injury occurred 247Sports reached out to NBA scouts to gauge the impact the injury may have on his stock.

“Zero,” one high ranking NBA executive said. “I think they are being cautious and that’s a good thing.”

“There’s too much body of work,” he added. “Anyone that has done their homework, knows what his game and know who he is as a person.”

The 2019 NBA Draft appears to be one of the weakest in recent memory and especially at the point guard position, where Garland and Murray State’s Ja Morant are the clear top two at the position. Both are currently projected as to 10 picks. 

"I'm a really good kid," Garland said. "I have a good personality and I think I can become a leader. I was growing into that position at Vanderbilt and I feel like I'm improving at that. Basketball wise I play really hard. I'm a young point guard that can stretch the floor and get other players better and get them in the right spot when they really need it."

In 247Sports latest Big Board, which was released in mid-December, Garland landed at No. 7.

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6 minutes ago, Class of '66 Old Fart said:

Darius Garland to go pro, withdraws from Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt freshman and prized recruit Darius Garland has withdrawn from school to begin preparation for the 2019 NBA Draft, he tells 247Sports.

"It was a really hard to decision from sitting down with my family," Garland said. "I talked to coach [Bryce] Drew and the coaching staff and it was the best fit for me because of where I'm placed right now is really unbelievable especially coming off the injury. Just having a chance to play in the league, which I've been dreaming about that since I can remember, playing in the NBA, just having that chance I couldn't turn that down."

"Just get focused and start the new chapter," he added about the decision. "Coming off this injury it's a long process. I'm going to stay focused on this and that’s why I chose to do this now."

Garland, a native of Nashville (Tenn.), had a season ending injury to his knee two minutes into the fifth game of his college career. Garland had surgery on Nov. 26 on repair the meniscus in his left knee. Rather than go to school, Garland has opted to fully focus on his rehabilitation and getting properly prepared for spring workouts and the Draft.

"We really don’t know yet for sure," Garland said when asked where he plan to do his rehab. "I’m going to try and find the best rehabilitation place in the country and go from there."

Garland's father told 247Sports that his son has yet to finalized which agent they plan to sign with. 

Garland entered Vanderbilt as a five-star prospect, ranking No. 14 in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Prior to the injury, Garland was working his way up Draft Boards with a strong start to the season and a big showing at Vanderbilt’s NBA Pro Day.

The game prior to getting injured, Garland scored 33 points in a win over Liberty. In the first four games of the season, Darland was averaging 19.7 points, 4.75 rebounds and 3.25 assists, plus made 11 of his 23 three-point attempts.

When the injury occurred 247Sports reached out to NBA scouts to gauge the impact the injury may have on his stock.

“Zero,” one high ranking NBA executive said. “I think they are being cautious and that’s a good thing.”

“There’s too much body of work,” he added. “Anyone that has done their homework, knows what his game and know who he is as a person.”

The 2019 NBA Draft appears to be one of the weakest in recent memory and especially at the point guard position, where Garland and Murray State’s Ja Morant are the clear top two at the position. Both are currently projected as to 10 picks. 

"I'm a really good kid," Garland said. "I have a good personality and I think I can become a leader. I was growing into that position at Vanderbilt and I feel like I'm improving at that. Basketball wise I play really hard. I'm a young point guard that can stretch the floor and get other players better and get them in the right spot when they really need it."

In 247Sports latest Big Board, which was released in mid-December, Garland landed at No. 7.

No surprise

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