Kiwane Garris

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Kiwane Garris
Point guard
Personal information
Born (1974-09-24) September 24, 1974 (age 40)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 183 lb (83 kg)
Career information
High school Westinghouse (Chicago, Illinois)
College Illinois (1993–1997)
NBA draft 1997 / Undrafted
Pro career 1997–2010
Career history
1997 Grand Rapids Hoops (CBA)
1997–1998 Denver Nuggets
1998–1999 Alba Berlin (Germany)
1999 TuS Lichterfelde (Germany)
1999 Grand Rapids Hoops (CBA)
1999–2000 Orlando Magic
2000 Grand Rapids Hoops (CBA)
2000 Trotamundos de Carabobo (Venezuela)
2000 Beşiktaş (Turkey)
2000–2001 Gary Steelheads (IBL)
2001 New Mexico Slam (IBL)
2001 ALM Évreux Basket (France)
2001–2002 Nova Virtus Ragusa (Italy)
2002 Spójnia Stargard Szczeciński (Poland)
2002–2003 Robur Basket Osimo (Italy)
2003–2005 Pallacanestro Reggiana (Italy)
2005–2006 Fortitudo Bologna (Italy)
2006–2007 Olimpia Milano (Italy)
2007–2009 Sutor Basket Montegranaro (Italy)
2009–2010 Reyer Venezia Mestre (Italy)

Kiwane Garris (born September 24, 1974[1]) is an American former professional basketball player. He was listed as a 6'2" (1.88 m), 183 lb (83 kg) point guard.

Garris played college basketball at the University of Illinois, where his position was point guard. As a freshman in the 1993-94 season, Garris finished second on the Fighting Illini in scoring, behind Deon Thomas. In the next three seasons, Garris led the team lead in scoring and free-throw percentage. Garris also led the team in assists in the 1994-95 and 1996-97 seasons. Garris finished his career at Illinois as the second all-time leading scorer, behind former teammate Deon Thomas. Garris finished with 1948 career points, with a career scoring average of 16.8 points per game.

During the NBA lockout he played for the US national team in the 1998 FIBA World Championship, winning the bronze medal.[2]


Although Garris was projected to be a late first round or early second round pick in the NBA Draft, he went undrafted, but signed as a free-agent with the Denver Nuggets. He had been signed for a brief period by Los Angeles Clippers during their 1997 preseason but was waiveed. For the 1997-1998's 28 games he did 8MPG, 2.4 PPG. Playing for the Orlando Magic during 1999-2000, 3 games, 7.7 MPG, 1.3 PPG. In 2002 he was signed by the Sacramento Kings (2002 preseason), but was again waived before the regular season. He has also played with the Grand Rapids Hoops of the CBA and for Alba Berlin in Germany.[3]

Italian League[edit]

For nine years he played overseas for the Italian teams Banca Popolare Ragusa (Serie A2, 2001–2002), Porte Garofoli Osimo (Serie A2, 2002–2003), Bipop-Carire Reggio Emilia (Serie A2, 2003–2004, Serie A, 2004–2005), Climamio Bologna (2005–2006) (reached the Italian championship final and won Italian Supercup) and Armani Jeans Milano (2006–2007).


In 2006, the American Basketball Association, in an effort to spark interest from the potential fanbase invited Garris, along with other popular Chicago area college and high school stars, to try out for its 2006 team. Also invited were Kiwane's college teammates Kevin Turner and Jerrod Gee, as well as Thomas Hamilton, Rico Hill, Ronnie Fields, Sherrell Ford, Imari Sawyer, Tom Kleinschmidt, Najeeb Echols, Evan Eschmeyer, and T.J. Lux were also recruited to start training for the upstart Chicago Rockstars. The franchise has since halted operations.

After playing overseas in Italy for nine years from 2001–2010, Garris returned home. He is an assistant coach at Prairie State College.[4][5] He hopes to become one of the assistant coaches at the University of Illinois.[6]


Garris has a son from a previous relationship [7]

In July 2006 he became engaged to R&B and soul singer-songwriter Syleena Johnson.[8] Johnson is a fellow Chicagoan. On August 1, 2007[9] after forty-four hours of labor, their son Kiwane Garris Jr was born.[7] The marriage was doubted to last as Garris was playing for Premiata Montegranaro of the Italian Basketball League, while Johnson remained in Illinois. On Sunday, February 6, 2011 she gave birth to their second son, Kingston Garris[10] He weighed 8 lb 5oz.[11] He also has another child from a previous marriage named, Kai Garris.

He said Italy is "his home away from home".[6]


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