Darius Garland played just five college games before an injury sidelined him, but he’s still expected to be a top pick in this year’s draft. Now that he’s withdrawn from the combine, does he have a promise from a specific team?
While all the focus might be on Zion Williamson getting drafted to the Pelicans, there are quite a few other notable names out there that could eventually do big things in the NBA. One of those is Darius Garland out of Vanderbilt.
In fact, Garland has garnered so much attention that he may have received promises from multiple teams while at the draft combine:
It should not be surprising. Although Garland only played in five games during his freshman year, he flashed potential and proved that he could bring a lot to whatever team he was drafted to. With Garland, Vanderbilt went 4-0 to start the season, but once he went down with an injury, Vanderbilt managed to only win five more games the entire season.
Garland is likely the second-best point guard prospect behind Ja Morant and teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, and Phoenix Suns could all be interested. The Bulls could use a new point guard. On a young team that is budding with talent, Garland would help lead the charge on a Bulls team that is still developing and short on backcourt talent.
It has been known for a while that the Suns are absolutely desperate to find a point guard to play with Devin Booker. If Garland somehow falls to where the Suns are picking, they will probably take him without a doubt. Giving Booker the point guard that he needs would go a long way in fixing the mess that the Suns are right now.