By John Raslowsky, PSO Asst. Director of Basketball Scouting
Jun 19, 2019

Hometown: Gary, Indiana 

School: Vanderbilt

Class: Freshman

Age: 19

Ht: 6’2″

Wt: 175

Wingspan: 6’5″

Vertical: NA

  • Won 4 consecutive Tennessee Division II AA State Championships in high school
  • Tore his meniscus in just his fifth game taking him out for the year
  • Darius father, Winston, played 7 years in the NBA during the 80s and 90s

Pros

  • Speed with and without the ball
  • Flexible in tight spaces
  • Quick when changing direction
 

Cons

  • Small frame gets exposed on defense
  • minimal 6’5 wingspan
  • height/ size limitations
  • Plays below the rim/vertical
 

Grade: B

Pros

  • Already has NBA range
  • Smart and creative passer
  • Plays defense without fouling
  • High quality handles
  • Excels in pick and roll and isolation
 

Cons

  • Below average finisher
  • Gambles on defense
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Grade: A-

 

Pros

  • Efficient in all percentages
  • Scoring production from in and out
  • Led Vanderbilt in points per game (16.2)

 

Cons

  • 3 turnovers a game to 2.6 assists
  • Poor defensive rating (106.3)
  • Only played 5 full games
  • Only 4 steals in those 5 games

 

Grade: B

Pros

  • Son of a former NBA player
  • Damian Lillard type ceiling
  • Natural offensive play-maker
  • Vandy’s top recruit out of high school
 

Cons

  • Major knee surgery (meniscus)
  • Small sample size
  • Lack of size is concern

 

Grade: B-

Coming out of high school Garland was the undisputed #1 point guard in the country. His knee injury and the emergence of other point guards shrunk his stock a little, but he still has huge potential and NBA skills that will only grow stronger. Additionally, his NBA pedigree helps ease the risk that teams are taking by picking Garland.

Pro Comp: PG D’Angelo Russell (Brooklyn Nets)

Prime Destinations: CHI, PHX, MIN

OVERALL Grade: B+

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