Rich Paul’s Klutch Sports Group continues to bring in big-name NBA draft prospects. After signing talented forward Darius Bazley last April, the agency announced on Twitter that Vanderbilt guard Darius Garland would be joining Klutch Sports as well:
Welcome Darius Garland to our 2019 Draft Class! @dariusgarland22
— Klutch Sports Group (@KlutchSports) February 14, 2019
Garland, who was a five-star point guard coming out of Brentwood Academy in Nashville, Tennesee, became the highest prospect to ever commit to Vanderbilt in November 2017.
Garland led Vanderbilt to an impressive 4-0 record to start the season, with averages of 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.6 on 53 percent shooting from the field and nearly 48 percent from behind the three-point arc. However, early in the team’s fifth game, a home loss Kent State, Garland suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee. Following surgery, it was announced he would miss the remainder of his freshman season.
Despite the injury, Garland still decided to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft, and now has an agent to help him through the process as he transitions to a professional player. Still one of the elite guard prospects in a draft that isn’t as highly touted as years past, Garland is viewed as a likely lottery pick as he continues to recover from the injury.
Look for Garland to be picked by a point guard-needy team such as the Minnesota Timberwolves, Orlando Magic, or New Orleans Pelicans, as the Tenessee native is currently projected to be selected in the mid-to-late lottery.