By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Vanderbilt Commodores freshman guard Darius Garland will miss the rest of the season. He suffered a meniscus injury in his left knee.
He was injured in the team’s 77-75 loss to the Kent State Golden Flashes on Friday.
He played in just two minutes against the Golden Flashes. He had two points, as he went 1-for-1 from the field before leaving with his injury.
“Darius had a very successful surgery, and will be better than ever when he returns,” head coach Bryce Drew said. “Unfortunately, he will be out for the remainder of this season.”
Vanderbilt is 4-1 this season. They play their next game on Tuesday night against the Savannah State Tigers. The game will tip off at 8 pm.
This will be the first game that Garland will miss with his teammates.
The 18-year-old was the 16th-best prospect, according to ESPN’s class of 2018 rankings. He also was the top player at this position.
Garland is also considered a top NBA prospect, who has had his name mentioned as a projected lottery pick.
He, along with teammate Simi Shittu, were the first two McDonald’s All-American players to ever sign with Vanderbilt.
Garland was averaging 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.4 blocks, and 0.8 steals per game in five starts.
His collegiate-high was 33 points against the Liberty Flames on November 19th. He went 12 of 18 from the field in 37 minutes. He also had four rebounds, four assists, and one steal in the game.