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June 15, 2008 at 8:25 PM

More thoughts on Charles Garcia

I know the first thought of most of you reading today about the news of the commitment of Charles Garcia Jr. to the Huskies is — who?
I couldn’t find Garcia on the lists of players the Huskies were recruiting on any of the major recruiting services and there’s very little out there about him on the web. There’s a few mentions of Garcia throughout this link. And here are his season stats along with a photo.
But as was the case with the recent commitment of guard C.J. Wilcox, I think UW coaches think they grabbed a real up-and-comer in Garcia.
Garcia, listed at 6-9-and-a-half and 220 pounds, attended Dorsey High in Los Angeles where he was a first-team All-City Pick in 2006 ahead of the likes of future Husky teammate Darnell Gant and Chace Stanback, who spent a year at UCLA before transferring.
Academic problems, however, scared off some recruiters and Garcia initially headed to Sacramento State, saying then-assistant Dwayne Canada stood by him strong throughout the process. He grayshirted there in 2006-07 but couldn’t get the academic issues resolved and decided then to go the junior college route.
He played last season at Riverside, where his stock rose throughout the season as he led his team to a 25-8 record and was named a first-team All-State selection.
“I became a lot more aggressive as a player,” said Garcia, who will have two years to play two at UW.
While Garcia apparently escaped heavy notice from recruiting analysts, he said he had serious interest from San Diego State and USC and also was considering visits to Tennessee and Nebraska. He said he won’t take those visits now, saying he wanted to get the recruiting process out of the way.
After seeing him play a few times last season, Husky coaches apparently targeted Garcia early as a possible fit for their recruiting needs in the Class of 2009. With Jon Brockman and Artem Wallace graduating after this season, the Huskies will need some big men, and wanted a JC player to help out immediately.
Garcia said he was looking forward to a different environment for his college days than Los Angeles, so he was receptive to leaving the area, though he had no real ties to UW.
“But I’d seen them play on TV a lot,” he said. “And you can’t beat being in the Pac-10.”
Garcia described himself as a versatile big man, saying “I can play the three or the four and I can defend anywhere from the one to the the five.”
Among his favorite players are Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett and he apparently emulates their style in being a long, athletic player who can handle a number of different tasks.
“I’m an all-around type of player and I know that’s what coach (Lorenzo) Romar wants,” he said.
Garcia visited this weekend with most players gone for their summer vacation and he said he doesn’t really know too many of the Huskies well other than Gant.
“I really like coach Romar and I was feeling really comfortable about it,” he said.
UW will apparently have four scholarships to offer for the Class of 2009 and now have two filled — Garcia and Wilcox.
It seems likely they will take another perimeter player and another big man, each probably to come from the high school ranks.

Comments | Topics: C.J. Wilcox, UCLA

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