Angel Garcia extends Louisville visit

Angel Garcia enjoyed his unofficial visit to Louisville so much this weekend that he decided to extend his stay with Rick Pitino's program. How much did Garcia's visit help Louisville's cause? InsideTheVille.com has the latest.

Angel Garcia enjoyed his unofficial visit to Louisville so much this weekend that he decided to extend his stay with Rick Pitino's program.

Garcia, the nation's No. 19 prospect, arrived in Louisville Friday to check out Pitino's program. Scheduled to leave Sunday, Garcia will remain in Louisville until Monday.

Saturday, Garcia got a taste of Louisville. He took in the Cardinals Super Regional game at Jim Patterson Stadium, played some pickup basketball at Cardinal Arena, then hit the town with super-recruit Samardo Samuels for dinner.

"He went ahead and extended his visit another day," said Eric Cole, Garcia's AAU coach. "He got down to Louisville Friday and he's going to stay until Monday. Everything is still going well for him down there. So I guess he really likes it.

"Saturday night he hung out with Samardo Samuels and went out to dinner with (Juan) Palacios and (Edgar) Sosa. He really liked hanging out with Sosa and Palacios because they speak the same language. He said they were all really nice people."

During his visit, the 6-foot-10 Garcia got a chance to test his basketball skills against the Louisville players and NBA types like former Kentucky standout Nazi Mohammed.

"He did fine during the (pickup) games," Cole said. "He fit right in."

Before his visit, Cole said Indiana had the lead for Garcia with Memphis, Louisville and Florida in close pursuit. Sunday evening, Cole said he believed Garcia's trip to Louisville did nothing but help the Cardinals chances with his star prospect.

"I would say the visit helps Louisville out with (Garcia)," Cole said. "Obviously he likes it down there since he's staying an extra day."


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