5-star guard Darius Garland commits to Vanderbilt

Jan 4, 2017; South Bend, IN, USA; Two basketballs are stuck in the net during warmups before the game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Louisville Cardinals at the Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame won 77-70. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
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Five-star guard Darius Garland has committed to play college basketball at Vanderbilt University, according to Paul Biancardi of ESPN. Garland also made visits to Kentucky, Indiana and UCLA.

“This was the best fit for me and my family. I can have the best of both worlds in academics and basketball at Vanderbilt,” said Garland. “Someday the ball will stop bouncing and I want to prepare myself for that situation. My family put me in position to be successful so I want them to see me play as much as possible.”

Garland was the 10th ranked prospect of the class of 2018 overall by 247 Sports and the third-ranked point guard.

“I want to help change the culture at Vandy. We can be a strong basketball program and a top school,” added Garland.

Garland is excited to play for Commodores head coach Bryce Drew, whom Garland has known since he was in elementary school.

“He is an honest guy who I believe in,” Garland said of Drew. “I have known coach Drew since I was in third grade going to his camps. He wants to change the culture at Vandy and I want to help him do that.”

Drew took over at Vanderbilt last year and led the school to a 19-16 record and an NCAA Tournament appearance. The Commodores proceeded to lost in the Round of 64. The school has not won a game in the tournament since 2012, when Vanderbilt made it to the Sweet 16. The Commodores have made the “Big Dance” in back-to-back years after missing out on the tourney three straight seasons between 2013 and 2015.

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