Huskies get JUCO wing to commit

The Husky basketball coaches got some good news on Sunday as Riverside Junior College SF/PF Charles Garcia committed while on an unofficial visit. The big man who is versatile enough to handle the ball as well as play with his back to the basket was walking through the airport when he returned's phone call and he said he was very excited about making his decision.

"Oh yeah, I committed while I was up (at Washington)," an excited Garcia told "I was up there on an unofficial visit and I committed to the coaches while I was up there.

"The atmosphere was great, I really liked getting to know coach (Lorenzo) Romar a lot and I had a blast up there. It was about as great as it could have been."

As a senior at Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, Garcia played against soon-to-be teammate Darnell Gant and he was a standout for the Dons, but he had some troubles in the classroom so he got tepid interest from schools like Nevada and Long Beach State.

"Everyone backed off of me because of my grades, so I decided to go to Sacramento State, but I didn't qualify so I greyshirted and tried to get my academics in order," Garcia recalled. "After that didn't work out, my coach and mentor, coach Dwayne Canada, told me I should head to Riverside because they had a great program and they would make sure I got moved on and got things straight."

As a freshman for Riverside this past winter, Garcia managed to post 17 points and nine rebounds per game.

"I feel comfortable playing the three because my outside shooting is the best part of my game, but I can play both the three and the four," Garcia said. "I like to compare my game to Lamar Odom or Tayshaun Prince. I can handle it or I can shoot or I can drive on you. It doesn't really matter to me."

Husky assistant Jim Shaw is the coach who discovered Garcia and he is the primary person responsible for the young man from southern California committing to the Huskies.

"I guess he saw me at a camp or something and then he came to our school and he offered me while he was there," Garcia said. "I guess he went home after seeing me and he told coach Romar that I was a guy they needed and that's why it happened so fast."

Besides the Washington offer, Garcia also claims offers from San Diego State and USC and a lot of interest from both Tennessee and UNLV.

He'll be attending the Mullen Camp in Oklahoma on July 6th - 8th and then he's done showcasing his talents until his season gets underway.

"That is a JC showcase so I really want to go to that and compete with the best guys in the country," Garcia said. "As far as my commitment to U-Dub is concerned, I told the coaches I was an official commit to them and I don't see me going anywhere else."

Garcia will play this winter at Riverside and will then enroll at Washington next fall. He'll have three years to play two when he steps on campus.

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