Memphis lands East Chicago Central’s Angel Garcia

  • 09/02/2007 6:08 pm in

Angel GarciaAccording to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, East Chicago Central forward Angel Garcia has come to a decision on where he’ll attend college and he’ll be taking his game to Beale Street.

Garcia, ranked No. 27 overall in the class of 2008 by Rivals.com, chose Memphis over Indiana. Garcia moved to the U.S. last season and played at East Chicago (Ind.) Central High. He played this summer for the Puerto Rican National Team at the under-19 championships in Serbia, where Memphis assistant coach Chuck Martin traveled to watch him play.

While not a favorable outcome for the Hoosiers, coach Sampson and staff still have a shot at landing Tyler Zeller and Kevin Jones to help round out the 2008 class. The early buzz last winter was that Garcia was leaning towards IU, but it’s no secret that things can change in the blink of an eye in recruiting and the impact Martin had on this recruitment was more than I originally believed it to be.

Best of luck to Mr. Garcia at Memphis, where I believe he’ll thrive under Calipari’s up-tempo style and reach his goal of getting to the NBA.

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  • Zach

    I’m not that upset about this, nor am I surprised. I did think he would be a tough get after Memphis entered the top two.

    Best of luck to Garcia at Memphis–next year?

  • Zach

    I’m not that upset about this, nor am I surprised. I did think he would be a tough get after Memphis entered the top two.

    Best of luck to Garcia at Memphis–next year?

  • Big A

    I think once Wes got involved, IU’s chances diminished greatly. This seems like Derrick Rose – the sequel.

  • Big A

    I think once Wes got involved, IU’s chances diminished greatly. This seems like Derrick Rose – the sequel.

  • kelin

    Not crushed about this one, thought we had a solid shot but I will eat crow on this one. The good news is, he is NOT a Boilermaker. If we get either zeller or jones, I will be thrilled. After looking at Garcia and Ebanks, their playing styles could have bumped heads some but Angel enjoy Beal street.

  • kelin

    Not crushed about this one, thought we had a solid shot but I will eat crow on this one. The good news is, he is NOT a Boilermaker. If we get either zeller or jones, I will be thrilled. After looking at Garcia and Ebanks, their playing styles could have bumped heads some but Angel enjoy Beal street.

  • Ian

    It doesn’t seem to me like it was that big of a loss. Looks like we had his position covered already.

  • Ian

    It doesn’t seem to me like it was that big of a loss. Looks like we had his position covered already.

  • Big A

    Ian,

    You never want to lose an in-state kid, but Garcia is primarily a perimeter player. IU needs a legitimate big man and while I would have liked to see Garcia at IU, he’s probably better suited to play at Memphis.

  • Big A

    Ian,

    You never want to lose an in-state kid, but Garcia is primarily a perimeter player. IU needs a legitimate big man and while I would have liked to see Garcia at IU, he’s probably better suited to play at Memphis.

  • Newt

    I hope there are good tudors at Memphis. Hasta Angel….

  • Newt

    I hope there are good tudors at Memphis. Hasta Angel….

  • John Doe

    ^ how ironic, “tudors,” heheheh 😉

  • John Doe

    ^ how ironic, “tudors,” heheheh 😉

  • Damien Torres

    I think its a great oppurtunity for him to take his game to another level and memphis should make it back to the title game with a player like angel i no angle personaly and hes a great player that dont like to lose and is very aggresive

  • Damien Torres

    I think its a great oppurtunity for him to take his game to another level and memphis should make it back to the title game with a player like angel i no angle personaly and hes a great player that dont like to lose and is very aggresive