AMC: Garcia Says Two Out in Front

Bloomington, Ind. – Angel Garcia's stay in Bloomington was short this time around. After helping the CAPS All-Stars to a 60-56 win over West Indy in the first round of the Adidas May Classic Friday night at Assembly Hall, the 6-10 forward from East Chicago, Ind., was set to return to his northwest Indiana home...

Bloomington, Ind. – Angel Garcia's stay in Bloomington was short this time around.

After helping the CAPS All-Stars to a 60-56 win over West Indy in the first round of the Adidas May Classic Friday night at Assembly Hall, the 6-10 forward from East Chicago, Ind., was set to return to his northwest Indiana home for another big event Saturday night.

"I have prom tomorrow night," Garcia said.

While the East Chicago H.S. year-end dance is keeping local on-lookers from getting much of a glimpse of Garcia's talents at this weekend's AAU event, most college coaches are already well aware of the rare blend of talents he possesses.

Easily the tallest player on the floor for his AAU game Friday night, Garcia was also one of the game's best ball handlers. While his long arms and rangy frame would suggest he'd be an inside force on both ends of the court, he instead does most of his work on the perimeter. He has a good shooting stroke from behind the 3-point arc and also displayed the ability to grab a rebound on one end and then take it coast-to-coast and try to finish at the rim on the other end.

It's that combination of size and skill that has wowed college coaches, and why Scout.com has Garcia ranked as the No. 18 player in the 2008 class.

Indiana is among the programs in pursuit of Garcia, and Coach Kelvin Sampson's staff has made a solid impression.

"I like Indiana a lot," Garcia said. "I like the people, and I'm from here, too. I like the coach. A lot of people know me here. If I come here, I'll feel comfortable."

That's why Garcia said he has Indiana among his top two at this point.

"I like here and Florida," Garcia said.

Garcia added that Florida has offered him a scholarship, as has John Calipari's Memphis program. They've added their names to a growing list of schools who are interested in luring him to their respective campuses, along with IU, Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois, Iowa and Miami (Fla.)

Garcia has maintained that IU was one of his leaders for several months, and didn't back off that statement Friday night. But IU's hopes of securing a third commitment for its 2008 class will probably have to wait a little while.

"I have one more year to think about it," Garcia said.

Note: Garcia has another trip on the horizon – to Europe for the World Championships, where he'll be playing for the Puerto Rican National Team. He said he leaves June 28th and will be gone for approximately a month.

"It's real exciting," Garcia said. "It's really important for me to represent my little island."

The trip will be good for another reason as well. It's a high-profile event that will give him even more opportunities to be noticed, whether that's by NBA personnel or European programs.

"There will be a lot of scouts there, so it will be a good experience," Garcia said.

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