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Five-star Tennessee 2018 point guard Darius Garland remains a top target for the Louisville coaching staff

There are plenty of options for five-star Class of 2018 point guard Darius Garland, including Louisville. He said the Louisville staff has remained in constant contact with him and talks highly about the Cardinals.

Brentwood, Tenn., point guard Darius Garland has been one of the University of Louisville's top targets in the Class of 2018 for more than a year and the five-star prospects remains at the top of the Cardinals' wish list.

Garland had a solid summer with the St. Louis Eagles on the Nike EYBL circuit and was watched by U of L assistant coach Kenny Johnson multiple times, while Rick Pitino and the rest of the staff also saw Garland.

"Coach Pitino and coach Johnson talk to me a lot and they just keep telling me to continue what I am doing as a player," Garland said. "They keep in touch and really keep telling me how much they want me at Louisville.

The 6-foot-1 Garland also has offers from Vanderbilt, Indiana, Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia, Xavier, USC, Arizona State and others. He was named the MVP of the King of the Bluegrass Holiday Tournament last winter at Fairdale High School in Louisville.

Garland has visited the U of L campus several times and expects to return.

"The style fits me so well," he said. "They produce great point guards. I want to get to the next level and go to the league."

Garland said he's not even close to making a college decision and said his family hasn't even talked about his options at this point. But he has made a few campus visits and will make some more.

"We really have not talked about distance from home or anything yet," he said. "But my mom wants me to stay close to the house.

"I just feel fortunate about it all right now. I'm trying to continue what I am doing"

Garland ranks as the No. 12 player in the '18 class.


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