Nashville, Tenn., Brentwood High School sophomore Darius Garland is considered the No. 2 point guard nationally in the Class of 2018 and is one of the top targets for the University of Louisville staff.
The 6-foot-2, Garland, a five-star prospect, is ranked as the No. 7 prospect in the nation and his recruitment is starting to heat up.
"It's a lot of fun for me," Garland said recently during the Nike EYBL event in Westfield, Ind. "I like meeting all of the coaches and getting to build relationships with everyone. It's fun for me."
Garland said he's had new interest recently from Texas, Ohio State, Connecticut and Kansas, noting those schools are "coming pretty hard at me." He said Louisville, Vanderbilt, Arizona State, Baylor, Memphis, Tennessee, Wake Forest, UCLA and Virginia have all been involved and had offered before the end of his sophomore season.
"It's a lot of them right now," he said.
Garland made several visits to Louisville during the season and was the MVP of the King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic at Fairdale in December. U of L coaches went to see him several times during the season.
"They're really in the mix," he said. "They've had a lot of good point guards in recent years and they think I would fit right in. It would be fun if I could play with them in the future."
U of L assistant coach Kenny Johnson has been the primary recruiter for the Cardinals, while Rick Pitino has been to see Garland on several occasions.
"He told me he liked how I got my teammates involved, how I shot the ball and how I handled it," Garland said. "He said he liked me a lot."
Garland led Brentwood with 18.6 points, 4.3 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.2 rebounds a game. He was named Division II-AA Mr. Basketball and helped Brentwood to a second straight Division II-AA state title.
While he said there are "still things to work on," Garland said he's been getting a lot of feedback from college coaches and it's all been good. He said he understands when he's at his best on the floor:
"A little bit of everything, distributing the ball, shooting the ball, getting all of my teammates involved," Garland said. "I like to be versatile and be able to do anything the coaches want of me."
Garland opted to play with the St. Louis Eagles AAU team on the EYBL circuit this offseason.
"It's a great fit for me," Garland said. "We have a lot of really good players, I like it a lot and I like the coaches."