Darius Garland picked No. 5 overall by the Cavs
Former Vanderbilt University point guard Darius Garland is officially headed to the Cleveland Cavaliers. On Thursday evening, the Cavs selected the former Commodores standout with the No. 5 overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft en route to formally kicking off Garland’s professional tenure as a NBA forward after just one year of collegiate basketball.
Garland notably spent just his freshman season at Vanderbilt while many have argued — including the soon-to-be rookie himself — that he is the best guard in terms of overall talent in the 2019 NBA Draft class.
Standing at 6’2″ while weighing 175 pounds, Garland may have a solid argument while his rookie campaign in 2019-20 could immediately put him on the map — assuming all goes according to plan for both he and the Cavs.
Thanks to his speed, quickness and ability to handle the basketball with ease, the 19-year-old point guard has continued to turn heads throughout the offseason while his status as a top 10 pick was never really in question.
Most notably thus far into the festivities on Thursday evening, the New Orleans Pelicans may have just changed the NBA landscape for the foreseeable future en route to selecting former Duke Blue Devils big man Zion Williamson with the No. 1 overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft.
Following Williamson off the board, the Memphis Grizzlies and New York Knicks promptly selected former Murray State Racers guard Ja Morant at No. 2 overall and former Duke Blue Devils forward RJ Barrett at No. 3 overall, respectively.