Husky Men's Basketball Blog
Seattle Times staff reporter Bob Condotta provides a running commentary on the Huskies.
June 15, 2008 8:25 PM
Posted by Bob Condotta
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.
Posted by patience
9:43 PM, Jun 15, 2008
54% free throw shooter....
Posted by marc
9:46 PM, Jun 15, 2008
Well, I trust the Roman knows talent...
Posted by naterob4
10:21 PM, Jun 15, 2008
He's a 54% FT shooter...yup he's replacing Brockman 4 sure...Bob forget one guard and one more bigman, we need Gaddy, and Bradley...PERIOD!!!!!!
Posted by doug
10:51 PM, Jun 15, 2008
wow awesome pick up 1 star, good work romar. way to bust your ass. how is golfing season going with LIERONE?
Posted by colly
10:58 PM, Jun 15, 2008
2 more perimeter players.
UO is using their 'resources' for Gaddy tho.
Posted by Mix
12:38 AM, Jun 16, 2008
doug, 1-star normally means not evaluated, as in a sleeper. Besides stars don't mean anything...
Posted by Josh
5:16 AM, Jun 16, 2008
I've read the grumbling on this post and have to wonder how adept you people are at evaluating talent. Sure it is showy to get the guy the internet recruiting service has highly rated, especially if they are local, but it is an internet recruiting web site. I personally do not put much weight in it. Go back and look at the ratings for Nate Robinson (2 stars on one service), Brandon Roy (4 stars), Quincy Pondexter (5 stars). Those things don't count for much.
The thing with Wilcox and Garcia, they are on their summer vacation. If this was the late signing period of 2009 when Romar picked up these guys, uning the word "sleeper" would be cover for the panic signings. But this is early; obviously Romar saw something he liked in these kids, recruited and offered a scholarship quite early. Otherwise, why waste your time. If they stink, they would have been around down the road and he could have got them once all other targets went elsewhere.
Posted by merseybeat
6:07 AM, Jun 16, 2008
i dont really want another PREP school they might be good abdul and gaddy but just dont see the toughness in those prep school kids
Posted by G
6:42 AM, Jun 16, 2008
well patience, he is a big man? so now its either another two guards or as bob said, another guard and another big man...
Posted by UW Alum
8:47 AM, Jun 16, 2008
He's a 54% FT shooter with academic issues, I gotta be honest, I don't really like this. Are we purposely looking for guys that can't read and write and then giving them scholarships hoping they can make it at the UW??? We need Gaddy and Bradley, NOW.
Posted by Gabe
10:02 AM, Jun 16, 2008
I LIKE THIS UW ALUM, why? because he will have made it through junior college, showing he NOW has his sh## together, and ALSO because he (as bob said) was recruited because he can make an immediate impact. I actually
Posted by Mix
11:24 AM, Jun 16, 2008
Bob - Any thoughts or summary from the Rose City Showcase, it sounded like Abdul Gaddy and Aaron Dotson had a heck of a weekend
Posted by Mix
11:33 AM, Jun 16, 2008
I like the pick up of Garcia, if you look at two of the most successful programs in the country, UConn and Memphis. They succeed by recruiting really tall players, that can run the court, block shots and defend. I think Rose was Memphis's only player under 6'6... we need longer players and I see players like Suggs, Gant, MBA, Holiday, Wilcox and Garcia all fitting that model.
And great comments from Josh, these were early signings, which means the Dawgs really liked these two. If they had signed them late (ala WSU and Castro), that would be a sign that they were a fall back for not getting the players they wanted. Kudos to Romar and crew for finding some hidden gems.
Posted by IBC2991
12:36 PM, Jun 16, 2008
These comments are hilarious...
When UW finds a 1-star recruit they find a "sleeper" or a "hidden gem", but when any school in the Northwest does this (alluding mainly to WSU here) UW fans are quick to mock them.
Casto wasn't a fall-back option for WSU, or Georgetown for that matter. Yes, Georgetown made a run at Casto after it became clear he would qualify.
Posted by G
1:03 PM, Jun 16, 2008
WAIT WAIT WAIT, what class does this put him in? overton's and holidays right? i was thinking maybe qpon's AND this is also an attempt by romar to even out the disparity in class graduating situations but maybe not!?!?!?!
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