For Khalil Garland he thought he had it all figured out. He made an early commitment to Josh Pastner and Memphis, but obviously things changed. Pastner left for the head coaching job at Georgia Tech, and now Garland is back open.
“I was trying to see if I wanted to stay committed, but I just decided it was best to open things up and look at all of my options,” explained Garland of his decision to re-open his recruitment.
Garland did note that he will be willing to listen to Pastner at Georgia Tech, and he is open to every school now, and refuses to close the door on Memphis.
Beyond those two schools, Garland said he is getting interest from LSU, Oregon, Alabama, Texas A&M, Arkansas, and Little Rock.
When it comes to some potential visits, Garland said, “I am supposed to go to LSU, Oregon, and Alabama in June.”
The LSU Tigers are beginning to make Garland a definite priority, and there is a connection with him and the coaching staff.
“I like their coaching staff,” said Garland. “Coach (Robert) Kirby recruited me at Memphis and he went to LSU, and it is a place I think I could play a lot.”
When it comes to Alabama, Garland likes what Head Coach Avery Johnson brings to the table.
“I think I would fit in well at Alabama,” said Garland. “Coach Avery Johnson played and coached in the NBA and I think he could develop me a lot, so that is a good thing for Alabama.”
Oregon is a bit further from home, but it is an option Garland is intrigued with.
“I like the Pac 12, and they are a team that can go deep in the tournament,” said Garland of the Ducks. “It is kind of far though and I’d like for my mom and dad to be able to see me, but I want to see the school.”
Currently Garland says he doesn’t want to rush into any decision and hopes to make several visits before issuing any kind of commitment.