Vanderbilt point guard and more importantly son of Missouri State legend is selected as the No.5 pick of this year’s NBA Draft 2019 by Cleveland Cavaliers.
Garland had question marks over his ability due to his lack of game time at Vanderbilt. The potential was obvious but the sample size small. Darius suffered a meniscus injury after just 5 games for Vanderbilt that forced a premature end to his season. He flourished with 16.2 points per game before the injury though.
“Darius Garland Cleveland Cavalier so much better than what I was this age”
Darius didn’t play for Missouri State like his dad got to feature in 2018 Bass Pro Tournament of Champions. He made eyebrows raised, scoring gargantuan figures, looking far beyond his age. His scores read 34, 29 and 37 in the weekend becoming only the fourth player ever to score 100 or more in the tournament.
“Just seeing his jersey in the rafters and seeing all the postseason pictures around the stadium — I’m really excited,” Garland said before the tournament,” Darius said before the tournament.
25 minutes from now …
1. Zion Williamson (New Orleans)
2. Ja Morant (Memphis)
3. RJ Barrett (New York)
4. De'Andre Hunter (Atlanta)
5. Darius Garland (Cleveland)
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 20, 2019
The No.5 pick at the NBA Draft 2019 has put an end to all the talks of franchises being wary of picking him due to lack of sample size. Winston unsurprisingly was all praise for his talented son.
“He’s so much better than what I was this age. He does so much more with the basketball than I could ever do. I just want him to be tough, no matter what the situation is.”
Who is Winston Garland?
Winston played for the Missouri State first 2 Division 1 teams. He was a brilliant performer with the team that helped start a celebrated career. He scored 16.5 and 21.5 per games as senior and junior respectively.
Winston though was later picked only in the second round as the No.40 pick at the NBA Draft 2019 by Milwaukee Bucks.
He went on to have a prolific career that involved 511 game appearances for Warriors, Clippers, Denver, Minnesota and Houston. He averaged 9.4 points in 28.8 minutes per game and started 315 times out of 511 appearances in his career.
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