SPRINGFIELD, Mo–“Wow, shoo,” said Winston Garland.
It wasn’t long ago Winston Garland called Hammons Student center home.
“Some good times in here. This place used to rock though,” said Winston Garland.
In his playing days Winny lead the Bears to their first D1 N-C-A-A tournament.
“Oh man it was so loud and the student section was right behind the basket, so opponents shooting that way they used to catch it. The AMCU-8 tournament, played Cleveland State here. My mom and dad were at the tournament so they sat about three rows up and we ended up beating them and getting an automatic bid. That was probably the most memorable,” said Winston Garland.
It’s clear Winston Garland has enough basketball memories for a life time… or better yet two lifetimes.
“He talks about it all the time. Literally everyday. It’s really fun cause I’m Winston Garland’s son and usually I’m just Darius Garland,” said Darius Garland.
Back in the late 80’s, Winny was the master of Spoons Temple of Doom. Now in 2018, it’s Winston’s son Darius that’s headlining the T of C. He’s the 2nd ranked senior guard in the country. And will play less than 100 yards from where Winston himself played at the old Hammons Student Center.
“I watched some of his film from a couple games ago, it’s just really fun watching him play. It’s funny cause we have the same play style a little bit,” said Darius Garland.
“Coach Spoonhour, I’ll never forget, he said if it’s blood, sweat and tears at practice, usually the game is super easy. That’s what I’ve always took with me and I try to instill in my son and the kids I come across when I coach,” said Winston Garland.
The Bucks selected Winny in the second round of the NBA draft. He’s regarded as one of the greatest Bears all time… he still might not be the best player in his own house.
“He’s so much better than I was when I was at this age. He can shoot. He can handle. I’ll humbly say this, he’s a chip off the old block,” said Winston Garland.
Tonight Darius will take the floor at JQH Arena, with his father’s number 22 jersey hanging in the rafters. Possibly, topping the Garland’s list of cherished memories here in Springfield.
“I was overwhelmed. I was just dreaming and hoping that this day would come true and I would live to see this day. It doesn’t happen often where a dad has played some where, and the son gets a chance to play in the same building. Man it’s been super awesome,” said Winston Garland.