Posted On: 01/28/18 10:15 AM
Detroit Renaissance guard Cortez Garland is having a standout season after returning from as season-ending injury last February.
“My coaches and teammates encouraged me to stay with it and everything would fall through. I quickly picked my play up and started contributing heavily so that my team can win and pull out close games. We are on a 7 game win streak and we’ve turned our season around. In those last 7 games I’m averaging 12.2 points and 5.4 assists. When I’m playing well, we are a totally different team so I have to continue my play so we can make a run.”
At 6’0 with above average straight line speed and lateral movement, Cortez is a shot creator off the dribble that can get to the rim and finish with either hand, playmake for others with nice vision and the ability to stretch the floor from distance.
“One of my biggest strengths is my ability to stop on a dime and pull up on my jump shot. This is a very effective part of my game because I use my speed a lot to get in the lane to make plays and drops to my bigs. So on some of those hard drives I will pull up and knock down jumpers to keep the defense off balance. I also have great passing IQ. I have a great front court in Devin Holmes and Carrington McCaskill, and they make my job easy. All season I’ve been constantly drawing help side defenders and assisting to my bigs, whether it be a lob or regular bounce pass.”
Garland isn’t receiving a ton of buzz on the recruiting trail just yet, but expect that to change in the near future, as his play this year makes him one of the better unsigned guards for the 2018 class. With a 3.6 GPA in the classroom, academics and the chance to see the floor early on will figure heavily into Cortez’s decision when the time comes.
“I mean whenever I go, I want to be able to play most importantly. Another important factor is the degree and academic programs offered at the school. Education is the most important to my family as well. I have a 3.6 GPA and I want to major in electrical engineering. Lastly, how heavily I’m being recruited and the coaching staff is one of the biggest factors. A relationship and trust between the coaches, myself and my family is most important to ensure that I am put into the best situation possible.”
For now, Garland’s primary focus in on making a deep run in Class A and adding muscle mass/strength.
“My goal is to do what I have to for my team to win and make a run in the city and state tournaments. I also want to improve physically and get stronger, which will improve my game and help me at the next level.”
See below for recent highlights of Cortez: