A prospect who has always had great potential, Angel Garcia is putting the pieces together to becoming an elite prospect. With a range of special skills at 6-foot-10, 210-pounds, Garcia is primarily involved with four schools according to his travel coach Eric Cole.
"Indiana and Memphis are out in front," said CAPS All Stars coach Eric Cole. "They have been on him the longest, basically since he got to the states. Angel also likes Florida a lot. They have started to get more heavily involved. And he is going to visit Louisville this weekend. Coach Pitino was at his state championship game."
With a smooth jumper that stretches behind the arc and deft ball handling skills, Garcia is quite the intriguing prospect. As his game becomes more physical and his rebounding and defending improve, he is looking more and more like five-star material.
"Angel has been playing in open gyms against some overseas players, and he is really competing against them at a high level," continued Cole. "He really can step it up when the stakes are high."
Presently heading into his last year of high school eligibility at East Chicago High School as a junior academically, Garcia is working diligently on his academics so he can qualify as a 2008 prospect. Regardless of whether he qualifies, Coach Cole expects him to be a candidate for the NBA after the next two years.
"Angel is working hard to catch up academically," said Cole. "If he doesn't make it, then he'll go juco or prep and head to the NBA. If he does make it academically, I expect him to be one and done regardless."
Garcia is presently the No. 33 ranked prospect in the Rivals150. He averaged 11 points and eight rebounds per game last season but had a monster game in a victorious state championship game.
He will participate in the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp before playing the rest of the summer on the 19-under Puerto Rico National Team.