Huskies Tab 2009 Juco Big

The Washington Huskies accepted a commitment from a 2009 juco player Sunday night. Lorenzo Romar's team went big with a JC player from California.

The Washington Huskies don't take many junior college players so when they do, you know there's a good reason. On Sunday night, Riverside (Calif.) Junior College power forward Charles Garcia pledged to Lorenzo Romar's program.

"I'm very excited," Garcia told "It's a big accomplishment and I just wanted to get it over with." Garcia indicated interest from San Diego State, USC, Memphis and Tennessee with the Aztecs making an offer.

As a juco freshman, Garcia was first-team all-state and a runner-up for JC player of the year honors. He averaged 16 pints and 8 boards for a team that finished up 25-8.

"Dave Benezra from the L.A. Rockfish referred to me as a super sleeper," Garcia said. "He said no one knew about me yet (coming out of high school)."

As a senior from Los Angeles Dorsey High two years ago, Garcia was lightly recruited. "It was Long Beach State and Nevada that was about it. Long Beach State offered. Most of the schools didn't want to take a chance with me because of academics really."

With his academics headed in the right direction, Garcia said junior college was the route for him and now he's a member of the Huskies 2009 recruiting class.

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