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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

From USA Today on Angel Garcia

Memphis secures another five-star

Another year, another recruiting coup for the Memphis Tigers. Puerto Rico native Angel Garcia, a five-star forward, chose for the Conference USA school on Sunday.

"Angel Garcia falls in the long line of Memphis players who are NBA talents. As far as when he is ready for the NBA, it depends a lot on how he develops physically in college. The skill set is certainly there," Meyer said. "Garcia's career at Memphis could range from a player who is full of potential but bolts to the NBA before he makes a significant impact for the Tigers or to a player who gains the physical strength quickly enough to be a dominant player on the college level."

Garcia, a 6-foot-10 forward, teamed with Purdue freshman E'Twaun Moore last season at East Chicago (Ind.) High School and won a state title. Garcia is back for his senior year at East Chicago and is looking for another championship.

Garcia is the second player of note from Puerto Rico to commit to Memphis. In 2005, Ricky Sanchez— a similar player to Garcia — pledged to the Tigers but never made it to campus. He entered the NBA Draft and was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the second round. Sanchez has bounced around several minor league teams since entering the NBA Draft.

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