Thursday, July 9

Hokies Land Talented Point Guard

4 star small forward Jarell Eddie has been the lone member of the Hokies 2010 basketball recruiting class for over a year now but today he will finally have a tag team partner heading into Virginia Tech. Tyrone Garland, a 3 star point guard out of Philadelphia, has verbally committed to Virginia Tech this afternoon.

Tyrone is a bit on the small side at 6'0", 160 pounds but his film shows that he definitely has the ability to drive the lane and make shots at the top of the key.

Garland boasted offers from Virginia Tech, Drexel, Nebraska, Temple, St Bonaventure, La Salle, and held verbal offers from Seton Hall, Butler, and Providence.


(From Eddie Griffin 2008 camp notes)- Tyrone Garland (2010, 6-1 PG/SG)
Tyrone was another player who got off to a bit of a slow start, as he could not get his jump shots to fall. In the second half he started hitting his shots and his game really came alive. He hit a pair of pull up, deep three pointers almost back to back. Once he hit those jumpers, the defense really began to respect his shot, which allowed him to drive to the basket more. Tyrone drove by his man on one occasion and then hit a lay up high off the glass with some spin on it, in order to get the attempt off over a taller defender. He also scored a couple times out on the break, one of which he dunked on. With time running out, Tyrone brought the ball up and the defense was focused on preventing him from shooting. He then found Dominic Morris wide open under the hoop for the game tying bucket.

(From MDV vs Philly All Star Game Notes) -Tyrone Garland (2010, 5-11 PG)
When his jumper is on, Tyrone is one of the most deadly players in Philly. Unfortunately, he is also very streak and wasn't "on" during this evening. Tyrone knocked down a few pull up jumpers, including a three pointer. He missed on quite a few more of those type of shots though. His quickness did draw some fouls and he was effective converting from the charity stripe. This scorer certainly wasn't at his best, but he did still produce some.

Tyrone Garland (2010, 5-11 PG)
We caught the first half of this game and Tyrone really struggled. When his pull up game is on, there are few better players around than him. Tyrone can be streaky and score in bunches. On this night though, he was missing shot after shot. He was effective attacking the rim on a couple plays. Although he's more of a scorer than a setup man, Tyrone did throw a nice pass too.

Tyrone Garland (2011, 5-11 PG)
Tyrone is quick ascending his way up the ladder and asserting himself as one of the top guards in Philadelphia. This evening he showed exactly what makes him so special. He almost single-handedly beat a talented All-Stars squad. Tyrone scored 36 points in the victory and was virtually unguardable. The springy guard can get into the lane with ease off the dribble. He changes directions and makes adjustments with such grace. His not the biggest guard, but Tyrone is very tough to stop when he's on. He loves shooting runners and pull up jumpers. Those are two shots which are very tough to defend. He's very good at attacking left and quickly switching the ball to his right hand for a finger roll finish. He did this several times. Tyrone also went directly at shot blocker Malcolm Gilbert (see below) and converted with a scoop finish. Tyrone had a stellar pull up game on this night. He hit shot after shot of that variety from all over the court. He has a pretty quick release.

Tyrone Garland (2010, 5-11 PG)
We expected big things from Tyrone, but he was surprisingly quiet. He struggled to find his shot in this contest. He actually looked to distribute the ball more and made several fine passes to his teammates. Tyrone was even missing some runners in the lane. He did grab a couple steals defensively. He’s certainly had and will have better days.

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