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Vanderbilt signee knows how good Montgomery, Quickley will be

Darius Garland (USA Basketball Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Vanderbilt signee Darius Garland thinks the Southeastern Conference is “going to be major” next season because of the returning talent as well as the incoming players.

He likes what Vanderbilt can do in a league so good.

“I think we are really coming along. They did a great job recruiting us and we might fool a lot of people,” Garland said.

But he also knows Kentucky could be really good.

“E.J. (Montgomery) isreally skilled. Left-handed, can shoot it, put on the floor. He’s really good,” Garland said of his McDonald’s All-American Game teammate.

He’s gone against UK incoming freshman Immanuel Quickley often.

“We had a whole summer together last year. We went all over the country, went to Italy. It was really fun. We started getting close. He is my guy,”  Garland said.

“His intensity, I love it. We are always getting after it and telling each other we are going to get better today. When we step on the floor, we are going to compete.”

He’s already looking forward to playing in Rupp Arena.

“We are excited about it. Me and (freshman) Simisola (Shittu) talk about it a lot. It will be fun,” he said. “Our league is the best in country and is going to be so good.”

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