Vanderbilt freshman point guard Darius Garland will miss the remainder of the season after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, Commodores Head Coach Bryce Drew told Stadium.
The 6-foot-2 Garland is considered one of the top point guards in the country and was averaging 19.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists through the first four games of the season. He suffered the injury two minutes into Vandy’s loss to Kent State on Friday.
Garland, the son of former NBA player Winston Garland, was a member of Drew’s stellar recruiting class, which included a pair of McDonald’s All-Americans in Garland and Simi Shittu.
Garland’s injury is a huge hit to Vanderbilt’s NCAA tournament hopes and also puts his future in question. He was projected as a lottery pick and could still leave early for the NBA, but this certainly adds more intrigue to his decision.
The Commodores are 4-1 and will play Savannah State on Tuesday night.