Cavaliers take Vanderbilt guard Darius Garland with No. 5 pick in NBA draft

Posted at 8:19 PM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 21:19:46-04

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers used the No. 5 pick in the NBA draft on point guard Darius Garland, who played in just five games at Vanderbilt because of a knee injury Garland suffered torn meniscus in his left knee during a Nov. 23 game and underwent season-ending surgery.

The 19-year-old might have salvaged his freshman year, but decided to focus on getting ready for the draft.

The Cavs will pair Garland in the backcourt with Collin Sexton, a lottery pick in 2018 who shook off a slow start to have a strong rookie season. Sexton played point last season, but is considered more of a shooting guard.

Cleveland is in rebuilding mode following a 19-63 season, and the Garland-Sexton tandem may help accelerate the process.

Garland's stock has risen in recent weeks and the Cavs came away impressed after attending a private workout in Los Angeles.

The Cavs also have the 26th pick.