Four Lead For Garcia

The 2009 class has a number of talented shooters, but not many can stroke it like Skokie (Ill.) Niles West standout Nik Garcia. The long range bomber is picking up offers and has developed a top list of schools.

The Nike Peach Jam was Nik Garcia's coming out party this past summer. Since the prestigious tournament Garcia's recruitment has increased and his scholarship count continues to climb.

Thus far he has offers from Southern Illinois, Illinois State, Valparaiso, Akron and Northern Illinois. Garcia also has interest from Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky, Virginia, Maryland, Kansas State, Penn State, Iowa State and Nebraska.

"Recruiting has been going good," Garcia said. "A couple new schools have jumped in recently, but there haven't been many new offers except for Illinois State."

The 6-foot-6, 175-pound guard said his top four schools are Iowa, Southern Illinois, Michigan and Kentucky.

"With Kentucky it's just one of the schools that I like, but with Iowa they recruited me before I blew up at the Peach Jam, so I liked that," Garcia said. "Southern Illinois was the first top school to offer me. With Michigan I just like Coach Beilein and his offense."

Garcia, a 6-foot-6, 175-pound shooting guard, is a great shooter with deep range. Because of Garcia's shooting ability, he's trying to find a system that fits his style of play.

"I'm looking for somewhere that has a style that will allow me to shoot and maybe get some early playing time, but definitely the offense will be a big thing," Garcia said.

Garcia, who is rated as a three star prospect by, said he won't make a college decision until the beginning of his senior season.

The Skokie (Ill.) Niles West standout kicked off his high school season Monday night and he started off the year with a 34 point performance that included four three-pointers.

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