Commercial Appeal predicts Angel Garcia to Memphis

  • 08/26/2007 9:14 pm in

John CalipariDan Wolken, the Memphis beat writer for the Commercial Appeal, looked into his “crystal ball” with seven fearless predictions for the upcoming hoops season. The first item, in particular, caught my eye:

1. Forward Angel Garcia will commit to Memphis in the next few weeks: The talented 6-11 Puerto Rican told Rivals.com is deciding between the Tigers and Indiana. That’s very good news for Memphis, which badly wants Garcia to go along with already committed twins Marcus and Markieff Morris from Philadelphia. The Tigers are a better fit for Garcia’s style of play — similar to Shawne Williams — and have a big edge due to John Calipari’s history of developing players for the NBA. It also helps that assistant coach Chuck Martin is of Puerto Rican descent.

Mr. Wolken may end up being correct, but at this point, I’d say it’s a total crap shoot on where Garcia ends up. I’ve always heard that he likes Indiana first and foremost, but I wouldn’t count out John Calipari and his hair gel.

And I don’t buy the fact that having an assistant coach with Puerto Rican descent will end up making much of a difference, but hey, I could be totally off base. By my estimation it comes down to the tradition of the program, the coach, the facilities, the atmosphere around the campus and the style of play. What Memphis and IU have to offer are both very different.

It’ll be interesting to watch Garcia’s recruitment unfold over the next couple of weeks.

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  • kelin

    Yeah..I can buy some of the stuff the Memphis guy is saying but the assistant coach stuff is not that big of a deal. The style of play with IU is forced to change with the talent they have this year and next, as spoken by KS. Secondly, if he has pro desires, they will find him, just as they will find EJ, DJ, and more to come, not to mention IU will be on NATIONAL TV far more than Memphis this year and next. Finally, I think Garcia has seen what Indiana has to offer as a “state” in basketball and something I would believe he is comfortable with continuing at Indiana. For every Shawnee Williams, there is a Dejuan Wagner….Angel we have NO ONE at PF after DJ leaves…the spot is yours

  • kelin

    Yeah..I can buy some of the stuff the Memphis guy is saying but the assistant coach stuff is not that big of a deal. The style of play with IU is forced to change with the talent they have this year and next, as spoken by KS. Secondly, if he has pro desires, they will find him, just as they will find EJ, DJ, and more to come, not to mention IU will be on NATIONAL TV far more than Memphis this year and next. Finally, I think Garcia has seen what Indiana has to offer as a “state” in basketball and something I would believe he is comfortable with continuing at Indiana. For every Shawnee Williams, there is a Dejuan Wagner….Angel we have NO ONE at PF after DJ leaves…the spot is yours

  • kelin

    This is for anyone, this recruiting stuff is interesting for me….according to a website I visit often….IU has high interest in …THREE power forwards…

    Angel Garcia, Tyler Zeller, and Kevin Jones! OK, I would like to believe if ONE commits, the chances are slim we land another ….

    I still like Garcia over them both, but would love Tyler Zeller and Garcia. I don’t know much about Kevin Jones, but two Indiana kids in this class would make a LOT of people happy and ofcourse P_ss PU off.

  • kelin

    This is for anyone, this recruiting stuff is interesting for me….according to a website I visit often….IU has high interest in …THREE power forwards…

    Angel Garcia, Tyler Zeller, and Kevin Jones! OK, I would like to believe if ONE commits, the chances are slim we land another ….

    I still like Garcia over them both, but would love Tyler Zeller and Garcia. I don’t know much about Kevin Jones, but two Indiana kids in this class would make a LOT of people happy and ofcourse P_ss PU off.

  • Zach

    Recruiting is definitely a fun aspect of this sport. As you said, I don’t know much about Kevin Jones, but the little I can see about him on the web–it looks like we should be pretty ecstatic if we land any one of these three.

  • Zach

    Recruiting is definitely a fun aspect of this sport. As you said, I don’t know much about Kevin Jones, but the little I can see about him on the web–it looks like we should be pretty ecstatic if we land any one of these three.

  • DallasTiger

    I have met Coach Martin from Memphis and my wife and I had extensive conversations with him at an Alumni Assocation Party here in Dallas. If the recruiting of Garcia is being handled by Coach Martin, he is an out going and impressive person who can relate well to players. He is from the NY area and was an Assistant Coach at St. John’s before coming to Memphis. Memphis also has former NBA player Rod Strickland on the coaching staff.

  • DallasTiger

    I have met Coach Martin from Memphis and my wife and I had extensive conversations with him at an Alumni Assocation Party here in Dallas. If the recruiting of Garcia is being handled by Coach Martin, he is an out going and impressive person who can relate well to players. He is from the NY area and was an Assistant Coach at St. John’s before coming to Memphis. Memphis also has former NBA player Rod Strickland on the coaching staff.