Garland, a former five-star point guard prospect, left the game early and did not return to action. Theres no indication yet as to how serious the injury is, but Vanderbilt is holding out hope for good news as he undergoes further examination.
“Hes going to get some further testing tonight. Hopefully, we get some good news in the next 48 hours,” Drew said. “We will obviously be careful with his injury. He obviously has a bright future in basketball, and we just want to make sure we give him the best care we can for him to figure out whats the plan of attack.”
Garland, a projected NBA first-round pick next summer, suffered the injury on a left-handed baseline layup. He exited only two minutes into the game, limped to the locker room and returned to the bench wearing a sweatsuit after halftime. During the second half, he could stand but could barely walk.
Garland is the No. 15 overall player in my 2019 NBA Draft prospect rankings. In a recent mock draft, CBS Sports Insider Gary Parrish pegged him as a top-6 pick because of the combination of his excellent handles and scoring ability. Hes a terrific prospect that was emerging as the top ball-handler in the upcoming draft — and in a crop of talent that is lacking at his position.
Well keep you updated on the status of Garland when more information becomes available, but for now, the NCAA Tournament hopes of Vanderbilt — and potentially the lottery hopes of Garland for 2019 — may rest on the yet-to-be-determined severity of the injury.
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For all the excitement about Vanderbilts 2018-19 basketball season, its honestly hard to get up for the current slog of games. Today, at 4:00 PM CT on the day after Thanksgiving, Vanderbilt hosts Kent State. Kent State is 4-1, but has faced exactly one team inside the KenPom Top 300 — a home game against Liberty, which the Golden Flashes lost by a score of 77-70. Vanderbilt beat Liberty 79-70 the last time out, and the Commodores are 12.5-point favorites today.