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Kiwane Garris (born September 24, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois[1]) is an American professional basketball player currently playing for Reyer Venezia of the Italian Serie A2. He is 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 Strike 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 has also played with the Grand Rapids Hoops of the CBA, 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), and the Denver Nuggets (1997-1998, 28 games, 8MPG, 2.4 PPG) and Orlando Magic (1999-2000, 3 games, 7.7 MPG, 1.3 PPG) of the NBA. He has been signed for a brief period by Los Angeles Clippers (1997 preseason) and Sacramento Kings (2002 preseason), but was waived before the regular season began in both cases and has not played any NBA games for those clubs.

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.

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