The buzzer has sounded on Angel Garcia's recruitment. The five-star forward has made his decision.
According to Garcia's AAU coach Eric Cole of the CAPS All-Stars, the 6-foot-10 forward is taking his game to Memphis.
Garcia participated in Memphis's elite camp earlier in the summer and had a chance to see John Calipari and his staff work closely with players. That connection was appealing to the No. 27 ranked senior in the country. The Tigers also traveled to Serbia in July to see the East Chicago (Ind.) product play for the Puerto Rico U19 National team.
"I think he found that Memphis was the best for him and felt good about what they have to offer him," Cole said. "He said he was a good spot for him."
Memphis has proven itself as a program that develops players at Garcia's position and that also played a part in the decision-making process.
"I think that came into play, too," Cole said. "Angel's end goal is to play in the NBA and coach Cal has a good tradition of helping his players do what they need to do to get to that level as a player."
Garcia has steadily improved since coming to the United States. Each year he's improved his skill set and built around his strength, which is his perimeter scoring and overall shooting touch for a big man. Cole says he is looking forward to seeing even more improvement in Garcia at Memphis.
"I can see him getting a lot better," Cole said. "Once he plays hard on every possession and gets to be around really good coaching each on an every day basis, he's going to be a really good player. He already works hard now and is already a good player but having that constant and everyday attention, he's going improve dramatically at the college level…The sky is the limit for him."
Garcia also considered Indiana. He joins Philadelphia twins Marcus and Markieff Morris in Memphis's 2008 recruiting class.