After months of speculation and anticipation, Brentwood Academy fans finally know which new NBA team to cheer for.
Hometown hero and Eagles basketball legend Darius Garland has found his first pro team.
The point guard and three-time TSSAA Mr. Basketball winner was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the fifth pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Thursday night at New York City’s Barclays Center.
Garland completed a brief career at Vanderbilt this past season, one that ended abruptly in November with injury.
In high school, he won four-straight state basketball titles from 2015-18, an accomplishment he shares with Eagles alum and NBA vet Brandan Wright.
Garland gave his mom a big hug right after he heard his name was called by league commissioner Adam Silver.
“I just like to win; I’m a competitor,” he told ESPN’s Maria Taylor after his selection. “I’m ready to get to Cleveland.”
In Cleveland, Garland will join Alabama alum Colin Sexton to create a dynamic duo of point guards.
“Garland’s one of the best shooters [in the draft], if not the best shooter,” ESPN’s Jay Bilas said before Garland’s drafting on the ESPN telecast.
New teammate Tristan Thompson immediately congratulated Garland for joining the team.
“Congrats to my lil bro Darius!!!,” he Tweeted. “Lets get to work.”
Garland’s father Winston, a BA assistant, is an NBA vet himself, having played nine seasons around the league.
The younger Garland joins Wright and BA alum David Harrison as former Eagles in being drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft.
Wright went at 8 in 2007 and started his career with the Golden State Warriors, and Harrison went at 29 to the Indiana Pacers in 2004.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) June 21, 2019