Ty Garland played most of his varsity high school basketball career at point guard, the position he held as a freshman and sophomore and for part of his junior season. The 6-1, 165-pound senior, a Virginia Tech recruit, was a full-time 2 this season and played well, averaging about 25 points per game while leading Bartram to a 19-10 overall record and a Public AAAA league title. Garland produced no matter where he lined up in head coach James Brown’s backcourt, finishing his high school career with 2,198 points.
“He has to go down as one of the greatest players to play here,” said the Bartram (Philadelphia, PA) head coach.
Last November, head coach Seth Greenberg said the following of Garland:
“Tyrone is a typical Philly guard,” Greenberg said. “He has a great feel for the game. He can score and make plays for his teammates. He is terrific off the dribble and shoots the ball with range. He is extremely competitive and is a young, rising senior. He is the type of player we have been able to win with here at Virginia Tech.”
Coach Brown believes Virginia Tech is a good fit for Garland’s skill-set and versatility.
“Coach Greenberg loves his guards and gives his guards a lot of freedom,” Brown said. “Even if he plays the 1, I think he’ll be allowed the freedom to score as if he was playing the 2. I think it’ll be good for him. And I think that’s what they liked about him the most.”
Despite moving Garland to the 2, Brown sees the talented senior as a point guard on the next level.
“Ty is a 1,” Brown said. “I know because I’ve watched him do it for three years. Even though he can score the ball, he is a 1. There is a tendency to label him as a scoring 1, and that’s fine, but he can also set up the offense and make players around him better. I’ve seen him do it.”
As a junior in 2008/2009, Garland averaged 28.9 points per game. What makes him such a special scorer? What areas does he need to improve?
“He finishes well. He shoots the jump-shot well,” Brown said. “It is obvious that he is ahead of his age group as far as natural talent. The kid is unbelievably explosive with the ball. He can drive to the basket. He could even...
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