"We just basically sat down and talked it over with everybody," Garcia's AAU Coach Eric Cole said. "He went on a visit and visited there over the summer and he liked it. He loves Coach Cal and he liked how he was going to fit in the system and he thought it was the best place for him."
Although schools like Connecticut, Kentucky, Arizona and Florida tried to get involved, it ultimately came down to Indiana, Louisville and Memphis. The Tigers managed to get him because of his desire to play in Coach Calipari's system.
"I think when he visited down there he liked the campus," Cole said. "He got to spend a lot of time with Coach Cal at the elite camp and he really got a feel for where he's going to fit into their system and their style of play."
Garcia, who is ranked No. 36 by Scout.com, is a combo forward that should be able to make a contribution at Memphis his freshman year.
"He's a 6-10 or 6-11 skilled forward that can bring the ball up the court and shoot the three and just do a lot of things like take people off the dribble. They are going to allow him to do all of those things."
Garcia joins Markieff and Marcus Morris to make up Memphis' 2008 class. The trio is on pace to comprise one of the strongest young frontcourts in the nation.