Kiwane Garris

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Kiwane Garris
Personal information
Born (1974-09-24) September 24, 1974 (age 42)
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
Playing career 1997–2010
Position Point guard
Career history
1997 Grand Rapids Hoops
1997–1998 Denver Nuggets
1998–1999 Alba Berlin
1999 TuS Lichterfelde
1999 Grand Rapids Hoops
1999–2000 Orlando Magic
2000 Grand Rapids Hoops
2000 Trotamundos de Carabobo
2000 Beşiktaş
2000–2001 Gary Steelheads
2001 New Mexico Slam
2001 ALM Évreux Basket
2001–2002 Nova Virtus Ragusa
2002 Spójnia Stargard Szczeciński
2002–2003 Robur Basket Osimo
2003–2005 Pallacanestro Reggiana
2005–2006 Fortitudo Bologna
2006–2007 Olimpia Milano
2007–2009 Sutor Basket Montegranaro
2009–2010 Reyer Venezia Mestre

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 waived. 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). After playing overseas in Italy for nine years from 2001–2010, Garris returned home.

Coaching career[edit]

He is a former assistant coach at Prairie State College.[4][5] He hopes to become one of the assistant coaches at the University of Illinois.[6] Currently he is the Assistant Coach of Mountain View High School Varsity Boys Basketball team in Lawrenceville, Ga.[7]


Garris has son Kai from a previous relationship.[8]

In July 2006 he became engaged to R&B and soul singer-songwriter Syleena Johnson.[9] Johnson is a fellow Chicagoan. On August 1, 2007[10] after forty-four hours of labor, their son Kiwane Garris Jr was born.[8] 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[11][12] He weighed 8 lb 5oz.[13]

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


  1. ^ ESPN player profile
  2. ^ 1998 USA Basketball Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Alba Berlin club history". Archived from the original on 2012-07-15. 
  4. ^ Asst Coach Kiwane Garris
  5. ^ Kiwane Garris
  6. ^ a b "Talking with Kiwane Garris; he played in Italy for ten years". 
  7. ^
  8. ^ a b Kiwane Garris Jr
  9. ^ Syleena Johnson Engaged..Nicole Ari/Boris Kodjoe pregnant again
  10. ^ Johnson gives birth after 44 hours of labour to first son
  11. ^ Kingston Is Here
  12. ^ 6 Years Ago today 6 years ago today, on Super Bowl Sunday I gave birth to this little monster! 13 hours of pushing to result in an emergency C-section. He just didn't wanna come out! That same attachment he had to me I have to him and always will! Happy birthday my Kingston ! Mommy loves you forever
  13. ^ Kingston Weighed...

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