HAMPTON, Va. — Five-star class of 2018 point guard Darius Garland is one of the major prospects the new Indiana coaching staff has visited.
IU coach Archie Miller made a trip to see Garland this spring, seeing the 6-foot-1 point guard from Brentwood Academy in Brentwood, Tenn., and the Bradley Beal AAU team.
IU coaches also watched Garland over the weekend during the first of the two April live evaluation periods.
“They came to the school a couple weekends ago,” Garland said. “I met coach Miller for the first time. He’s a really good guy, really energetic, forceful. I think he’s ready to rock and roll at Indiana.”
Ready to rock and roll?
“Just his mentality. He’s going after it,” Garland said. “He can do a really good job at Indiana. It’s going to be a big change for him, but I think he’s going to do well.”
Garland lived in Indiana for a number of years prior to his family’s move to the Nashville area.
“I like Indiana a lot,” Garland said. “I’m a hometown kid. Of course I grew up being a Hoosier, liking the Hoosiers. I like them a lot. I think they can do really good this year.”
Garland said Miller talked about Indiana and had a straightforward message for the elite point guard.
“He wants me to be a leader and play my game,” Garland said.
Garland has been on campus at Indiana one time already for an unofficial visit.
He said at this time he doesn’t have any visits, official or unofficial, planned.
Duke also has offered Garland. One thing that was interesting at the Nike EYBL event here is that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was very active watching 2018 five-star point guard Tre Jones as well as Garland.
“I like coach K and the coaching staff a lot,” Garland said. “They offered a couple kids in my class. They haven’t really said a lot. They want me to come in and be a leader for their team.”
Kansas also is involved with Garland.
“They’re really guard heavy. I like that a lot. Frank Mason had a huge role the past four years, and I think I can do the same,” Garland said.
Garland has a boatload of scholarship offers, including Indiana, Notre Dame, Duke, Kansas, Louisville, Ohio State, Virginia, UCLA, Florida, Iowa State, Auburn, Missouri, Xavier, USC, Vanderbilt, Memphis, Tennessee, Baylor, Wake Forest and others.
He said he doesn’t have a time frame for his decision at this point.