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Nationality  American
NBA draft  1997 / Undrafted
Spouse  Syleena Johnson (m. 2007)
College  Illinois (1993–1997)
Height  1.88 m

Listed weight  183 lb (83 kg)
Role  Basketball player
Listed height  6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Name  Kiwane Garris
Position  point guard

Born  September 24, 1974 (age 48) Chicago, Illinois (1974-09-24)
High school  Westinghouse (Chicago, Illinois)
Education  University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Children  Kingston Garris, Kiwane Garris, Jr.
Similar People  Syleena Johnson, Chad Johnson, Syl Johnson

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


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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.

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

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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.

Italian League

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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

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


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Garris has son Kai from a previous relationship.

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

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He said Italy is "his home away from home".


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