Nice acceleration, quick first step. Can turn the corner in an instant, smooth and fluid mover.
Doesn't ooze athleticism, plays below the rim
Offensively, he possesses a ton of versatility. He has the capability to initiate offense while also being able to play off-ball as a spot-up shooter. Defensively, however, he will be limited by his size disadvantage, which will likely inhibit him from being able to stop bigger players
Poor rebounder, likely will struggle to rebound over bigger players due to size limitations
One of his bigger question marks. Can try to do too much, can be overzealous in pass attempts. Needs to trust teammates more, which should come at the next level. Occasionally favors tough, contested layup as opposed to finding the open man. Lack of an awareness of surroundings hinders him in this regard. Needs to improve here
Character/ Leadership/ Competitiveness
Difficult to assess due to lack of game time. Teammates did look to him to create offense
Has a swagger about him, highly confident player
Shot Selection & Efficiency
Capable of hitting shots several feet behind the NBA 3 point line, in a variety of different ways, such as pullups, stepbacks, off screens, and off the dribble. Shot 47% from NBA range. Very quick shot release, no wasted motion and able to set his feet to launch shot before defense has time to react.
Can be a great passer when he wants to, knows how to use fakes and other tricks to move the defenders away from where he wants to pass the ball, which leads to some high level finds. Additionally, he does a great job of hitting the roller. However, he can telegraph passes and be a bit careless with the ball. Evidenced by 15 TOs to 13 Assists (Note that his Assists should be way higher given the quality of looks he provided for his teammates)
Ball Handling & Security
Dribbles with the ball on the string, in addition to having elite dribble moves, such as a fantastic hang dribble and a deceptive crossover. Shows good understanding of when to employ which move, as well as knowing how to keep his man behind him after he's beaten him. Good dribbler in traffic, although needs to show better awareness of surroundings when he does this, susceptible to help defenders stealing ball
Score-first guard, very capable playmaker, and can make the players around him better through his passing and creating space. Can be a bit ball-dominant and try to force things at times, but this can be fixed
Gets to the line decently often, modest FTr of 29.6. Great free throw shooter, 75% from the line, albeit only on 16 attempts. Given his shooting prowess, this should not be a concern for him
Actually a pretty good on-ball defender, does a good job staying with his man, evidenced by his fighting through screens and nice closeouts. Overall is a pesky and active on-ball defender. Off-ball, however, he struggles to remain engaged and is susceptible to lapses in concentration and losing his man. He also won't be able to switch on ball screens due to his physical limitations. Projects to be a below average NBA defender
Moderately disruptive on-ball defender. Shows active hands. Doesn't seem particularly adept at stealing the ball, only 1.6% Stealr in college (albeit small sample size). Helped by decent 6'6" wingspan
Can run the offense well, especially the PnR. More than capable playmaker
Ability to get in the lane
Possesses the dexterity to finish with both hands, however, fails to do so consistently. Struggles to finish amongst pressure from opposing bigs, and can miss some easy layups after blowing by his man. Yet, has some impressive finishes in traffic.
More of a half court offense player. Still makes good reads, can suck defenders in and make the play. Small sample size
Shooting, dribbling, passing ability, high basketball IQ, quick acceleration
Consistently finishing in traffic, patience, trust in teammates, off-ball defense
Darius Garland is a highly talented and intriguing score-first combo guard . He possesses the ability to both initiate offense through his shooting and passing, while also being able to find space and spot up from the perimeter. Coupled with his ability to read the defense, he should be able to get to his spots and wreak havoc on opposing defenses. His poor decision making will worry scouts, although I think that he has the potential to overcome this at the next level. Defensively, he will be a bit of a mismatch, but I think his pesky on-ball defense will allow him to not be a complete liability. It is also imperative that his medical evaluations check out and don't scare off NBA teams. Overall, Garland is one of my favorite player's in this year's draft and I truly believe that he has star potential. He should be locked in as a top ten prospect, with the potential to go even higher in the draft.