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Star freshman Darius Garland out for season after knee surgery

Darius Garland

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, Vanderbilt guard Darius Garland plays against Alcorn State in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew said Tuesday, Nov.27, 2018, that heralded freshman guard Darius Garland will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his left knee last week. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)


Vanderbilt freshman Darius Garland will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

“Darius had a very successful surgery and will be better than ever when he returns,” Commodores coach Bryce Drew said. “Unfortunately, he will be out for the remainder of this season.”

Garland was averaging 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists prior to the injury. A top 15 prospect in the class of 2018, Garland was -- and is -- a potential first round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Meniscus tears are not something that generally will alter the course of a player’s career, and so long as his medicals check out and he’s fully healthy six months from now, when NBA GMs will be able to get him in for a workout, Garland should still have a great shot at going in the lottery.