Garibay Gets Flurry Of Late Interest

Bloomington - Things aren't as far along as other have suggested, but Indiana is showing interest in Compton (Cal.) center Edgar Garibay. Coach Tony Thomas talks about the Hoosiers' interest and where things stand with Scout.com's 29th-ranked center in the '08 class...

Bloomington – The spring recruiting period is underway, but things are just now heating up for Compton (Cal.) center Edgar Garibay.

The original thought was that the 6-10, 250-pound senior would be headed to prep school next fall, but that could be changing as a result of some recent recruiting interest. Compton Coach Tony Thomas said Indiana, Georgetown, Oregon and UCLA are among the schools inquiring about Scout.com's 29th-ranked center in the '08 class.

That interest, though, is only in its preliminary stages. Thomas said IU Assistant Coach Bennie Seltzer has called about Garibay, but that right now it's just to take a look at Garibay's transcripts and see if he'll be able to be admitted. Georgetown, Oregon and UCLA are at the same stage as well.

"He's pretty good academically," Thomas said. "He has to finish strong, but he should be fine. He has a good SAT score, and his core is right there."

If things do work out academically, Garibay could become a hot commodity during the next month. He averaged 13.6 points, 12.9 rebounds and 2.0 blocks while playing alongside McDonald's All-American Demar DeRozen, helping lead Compton H.S. to a 24-6 record this past season.

Thomas said he was in contact with Seltzer during the past year when Marquette was showing some interest in Garibay early on. That interest died down as the season got underway, but it's been rekindled now that Seltzer and Tom Crean are in Bloomington.

"Hopefully it will get somewhere (with Indiana)," Thomas said. "He's interest (in Indiana), and they seem interested. Hopefully things can work out and we can get him there for a visit. It's the Big Ten, so that's big. It's a physical league and he has nice size and could be a good fit there."

While Garibay's size and rebounding ability are probably his two most attractive traits, Thomas said he's also someone who can step outside and shoot from the perimeter as well. His offensive numbers would have likely been much bigger had it not been for the presence of the USC-bound DeRozen, who averaged 29.2 points and 8.9 rebounds.

"Edgar is an inside-outside guy, he has nice post moves, good size and can shoot the 3 which is rare for someone that big," Thomas said. "He has good footwork, and when he gets into a college training program and gets stronger he can be a really good player."

Seltzer is letting Garibay know that Indiana might be a good place for him to work on those skills. With a handful of scholarships still open for next fall, playing time could be plentiful from day one.

"Seltzer is saying Indiana is a big name program with a lot of tradition, and it's a good place for him if he wants to play at the next level," Thomas said.

Thomas said Garibay had some interest in the fall from program such as Louisville, UNLV, Washington State and New Mexico State, but that it died down and he decided to wait to see what panned out this spring.

"Whoever gets him is going to be getting a nice player," Thomas said.


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