Darius Garland is the type of prospect who can choose where he wants to play his college basketball. That’s the luxury of being one of the top college basketball recruits in the country.
For guys like that, it can often be difficult to narrow down their list of choices. Because they have so many offers, often from the top programs in America, whittling their opportunities down can be a challenge. But on Friday night, Garland managed to do just that, releasing his top six schools. Included in that program are a pair of SEC programs: Kentucky and Vanderbilt:
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— Darius Garland (@dariusgarland22) July 21, 2017
Joining the Wildcats and Commodores in the top six are a who’s who of college basketball powers: Indiana, Kansas, Duke, and UCLA.
For some, Vanderbilt’s inclusion will look out of place, but it’s important to note that Garland hails from Brentwood, Tenn., a suburb of Nashville. According to 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predictor, the Dores aren’t just a courtesy inclusion either; they stand a real chance to land the five-star point guard.
At the moment, Garland is the eighth-ranked player in the country, and the top-ranked point guard, for the class of 2018. Whoever gets him — and especially if it is indeed Vanderbilt — will be getting a game changing player. But of course, coaches like John Calipari and Bill Self aren’t just going to give him up without a fight. Regardless, this figures to be one of the most interesting recruitments to watch over the next several months.