Angel Garcia Distraught

There are nights when Angel Garcia (, No. 28) can't sleep. The 6-foot-10 junior forward, who transferred from Lake Forest Academy to East Chicago Central (Ind.) due to academics, has been ruled ineligible to play varsity basketball by the state association.

Angel Garcia is distraught.

The skilled 6-foot-10 forward from Puerto Rico, who spent last season at Lake Forest (Ill.), made the switch to East Chicago Central (Ind.) for his junior campaign.

However, his status for the season is still up in the air after the state association ruled that he isn't allowed to play varsity basketball.

``They are allowing him to play JV, but we're obviously not going to do that," East Chicago Central coach Pete Trgovich said. "They are saying they don't know how he can be supporting himself and be emancipated because he's 18 years old."

The ISHAA rules state that a student who changes districts must be self-sufficient if they don't live with their parents. Garcia's parents are both in Puerto Rico.

Garcia has a hearing set for the latter part of December. However, Trgovich said they are trying to get that moved up.

``They probably won't overturn their decision, so we're prepared to go to court."

Garcia made the move from Lake Forest because his former school was too difficult for him academically. He was expected to team with Purdue-bound senior combo guard E'Twaun Moore at East Chicago Central.

``It's rough on Angel," Trguvich said. "He doesn't really understand what's going on. He has some nights where he can't sleep because of everything that's going on. It's bothering him – a lot."

When Garcia becomes eligible, Trgovich will add one of the best frontcourt players in the Class of 2008. Garcia showed the ability to shoot the ball from deep last summer with the C.A.P.S. All-Stars.

``I haven't seen too many guys his size who can shoot it as well as he can," Trgovich said. "He's got great form and is very skilled."

``His defense is getting better," he added. "He's made great strides."

Despite his unclear status, Trgovich said that two schools has maintained consistent contact: Indiana and Memphis.

``Those are the two main ones who are staying in touch," Trgovich said. "They keep calling to find out what's going on."

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