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2018 UNC Target Intro: Darius Garland

The UNC staff is keeping tabs on the rising junior point guard.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Despite missing the cut for the second year in a row, Darius Garland showed his worth at the USA Basketball tryouts.

The 6-0 guard racked up a handful of assists, while using his quickness to frustrate opposing guards on both sides of the ball.

“I had to get adjusted to the atmosphere, but I think I played really well against a lot of talented guards.”

Despite Garland’s slight stature, he has put together an impressive résumé in just two years. Not only is he the top rated point guard in his class (No. 1 PG, No. 8 overall in 2018 by, he has also won two state championships at Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) and was the Division II-AA state player of the year averaging 18.6 points and 4.3 assists per game. With all of the accolades, Garland was able to rattle off a lengthy list of schools that have shown interest.

“Vanderbilt, Tennessee, UCLA, Louisville, Virginia, Texas, Ohio State, UNC, Kentucky, UConn, Purdue, and others,” said Garland.

“The UNC coaching staff talks to my high school coach, they’ve sent a couple of letters, and also talked to my dad. They have a good point guard history, so I’m definitely interested.”

In addition to the strong point guard lineage, Garland is also familiar with the Tar Heels due to a Brentwood Academy connection in current Memphis Grizzlies forward Brandan Wright. Coincidentally, Wright was the last player to win four state titles in a row which is a feat Garland is hoping to achieve.

“We just try to be the best we can be, so hopefully we can win four in a row like he did,” said Garland. “He comes out a lot. Works out every day in the gym and the weight room and sets an example for us.”

The UNC coaching staff will have an opportunity to watch Garland during the first July live period at the Nike Peach Jam. Garland plays for the St. Louis Eagles and averaged 13.9 points during the spring EYBL while shooting 39.5 percent from three.

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