John Garcia: Making Rounds

John Garcia has been on of the busiest unofficial visitors in the Class of 2005. The 6-foot-9 center out of Brentwood (N.Y.) High checked out four schools in the last seven days with another trip on the way.

When it's all over and center John Garcia (No. 57, TheInsiders.com) picks a school, don't say he didn't do his homework. The Brentwood High star who blew up this summer after a big time performance at the Reebok ABCD Camp where he was selected to the all-star game, made the rounds again last week.

Beginning with an unofficial visit to St. John's on August 21, Garcia set out to see nearly half of the Big East. Seton Hall had him on campus the following Monday and then Pittsburgh hosted him the next day. Connecticut toured him around Storrs Sunday, August 29th.

"It went great. … It was UConn," Garcia said of the Huskies visit. "That's what was so great about it. I got to hang out with Coach Calhoun and he personally showed us around."

So good was the visit that Garcia is starting to feel like the Huskies are his moving up his list. "I know a lot of things are being thrown at me. Of course I'm going to feel that way but I've got to sit down and think more rationally and think to myself what I really want."

Garcia won't have much time to reflect on his latest visit seeing that he'll take another one this week. Villanova is set to have the big fella on campus Wednesday.

"After that I'll just sit down and write down the pros and cons. You know, I might just decide then. There's some many great schools and they all have good points. It's really hard. I'm not even sure myself what I like the most. In a way, they're kind of all like the same. It really has to do with the people and the coaching staff. Where can I spend the next four years?"

Garcia said that he often times will visit a school, anoint them the leader in his mind, only to reflect back and shake things up again.

"Right now, I've gone to all these schools and they all have a good place. I'll leave the school and like it a lot then go to the next one and like it a lot. I do like UConn a lot though."


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