Garcia Relocates To The SoCon

Jose Garcia has a new home. After a recent unofficial visit, the former Richmond signee is headed to the Southern Conference.

Jose Garcia wasted little time in finding a new place to play college basketball. After obtaining a release from Richmond, Garcia took an unofficial visit to the College of Charleston. Shortly afterward, the 6-foot-3 wing out of St. Anne's Belfield in Charlottesville, Va., committed to the Cougars.

"When I went on an unofficial visit, I spent a whole day with their coaching staff, Garcia said. "I didn't realize that Charleston has one of the best winning records home and away. They have a lot of players that graduated and have played in Europe.

"I loved the campus, the location, the personality of the coach and the whole package. I met the president of the school and he assured me that basketball was the main event there in Charleston. That one day I spent in Charleston I understand that it's the right place for me to play and win a lot of games."

During the time from which he was released to the time he committed to Charleston, Garcia fielded interest from Furman, Ole Miss and Texas.

Garcia said that academically, he should be fine and that a hang up with his transcript is about to become and issue of the past.

"Academically, I am eligible. Richmond said I had to be qualified by the 19th but the NCAA allows you to be cleared through the start of the regular season. My transcript is going to be sent to the NCAA and I'll be cleared.

"Right now the hardest thing will be packing and getting my stuff down there. That'll be harder than getting the transcript."

Garcia has duel residency and has spent time in Belgium and Angola, in addition to the United States.

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