INDIANAPOLIS — He’s the No. 1 point guard in the recruiting class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, but Darius Garland said Friday night that he’s barely heard from the University of Kentucky.
Garland — a 6-foot-1 prospect from Brentwood, Tenn. — said John Calipari did come to one of his games this past season, and UK’s coaches have been in contact with his high school coach a couple of times, but that’s been about it.
“Nothing really,” he said. “They have all the guards that they need. They have great, great guards, actually.”
Garland mentioned class of 2017 point guards Quade Green and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander by name, and neither of those UK signees is expected to be a one-and-done player for the Wildcats next season, meaning both would still be around by the time Garland gets to college.
UK has also already extended a scholarship offer to two top-five point guards in the 2018 class — Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes — and the Wildcats might be close to offering another elite point guard in that group, Javonte Smart.
Garland said he would definitely be interested if UK shows more interest in him, but he didn’t sound like he was expecting that. He also wasn’t bitter about it. The young player already has several great scholarship offers — Duke, Kansas, Indiana and Vanderbilt among them — and he had nothing but good things to say about UK’s program, whether the Cats are recruiting him or not.
“Kentucky’s a great school,” he said. “It’s a big-name school, so any time Coach Cal contacts my coach, I’m really excited about it. But I know they have a really good load (of guards) over there, so I understand.”