Virginia Tech point guard recruit Ty Garland has less than a month to go before he graduates from John Bartram High in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His primary focus right now is finishing out strong in the classroom to be able to get to Blacksburg this summer. Right now, he is confident in the job he’s doing.
“I know I’m close and should be fine,” Garland said. “I’ve almost got honors for the year.”
He added that he has “got to make sure my GPA stays where it is. I still need to bring [the SAT or ACT] up to make sure. Where my grades are right now, I’m in good position right now.”
A prolific scorer, the 6-1, 165-pound Garland amassed 2,198 points over the course of a stellar high school basketball career. He averaged 28 points per game as a junior and 25 points per game as a senior. He has seen action at point guard and two guard on the high school level, but where will he play for head coach Seth Greenberg?
“I’ll play whatever role they ask me to play. From what I’m hearing the most, they want me to play point guard and score the ball,” Garland said.
“I can put pressure on the defense. They’ll know I can score, which will open up the passing more.”
Virginia Tech has been recruiting Garland since the summer before his 10th grade year.
“Ever since the Reebok camp that year, they’ve been with me,” recalled Garland, who committed to the Hokies in July last summer. “Them and LaSalle were with me the longest and my decision was between those two. My third choice would’ve been Temple. I figured Virginia Tech was a good place at the right time. I liked the coaching staff and the new facility. The coaches seem like good people.”
Garland looks forward to learning from senior guard Malcolm Delaney.
“If he would’ve gone pro, it would have made me grow on my own, but because he came back I think he’ll help me learn more as a freshman,” Garland said. “My AAU coach said my game is similar to Malcolm’s. I think we are similar in that we are both combo guards.”
Led by Delaney, Tech will have a promising squad returning next season. Garland feels he should be able to get minutes, although he plans to play whatever role the coaches want him to play.
“I’m just excited about being apart of a senior team because everybody is coming back,”...
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