By Roy & Harv Schmidt
The trend continues with respect to prospects from the state of Illinois opting to head for prep school in lieu of staying in high school for their senior season. The latest to exercise this option is Nik Garcia, who will be attending a North Carolina prep school as opposed to transferring to Evanston Township High School as many thought he would. It also means that Garcia could be ready to close out his recruitment as well. Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has all of the particulars in this blog.
Nik Garcia, the 6'6 shooting guard who competes on the traveling team circuit with the Rising Stars Gold will not be transferring to Evanston Township High School after all. As it turns out, Garcia will be attending prep school at Patterson School in Lenoir, NC next season.
Garcia's decision to opt for the prep school route is based primarily on academic factors. Both Garcia and his parents recently found out if he were to enroll at Evanston, he would be academically ineligible until the start of the second semester, which would have also meant that he would have missed a good portion of the basketball season. This is important when one considers that Garcia is still an uncommitted class of 2009 prospect.
By going to Patterson, Garcia will be able to play right away and also hopes to receive individualized tutoring that will enable him to improve his academic situation. Garcia's move to Patterson was also highly recommended and supported by one of the schools that is recruiting him. With that being said and now that Garcia's transfer to Patterson is official, reliable sources have informed us that Garcia will announce his college choice soon. Garcia figures to choose from either the University Of Alabama or Providence.
There is no question that Garcia has the skills to play college basketball at the mid to high major level. He is one of the best pure shooters in Illinois from the 2009 class, with range that extends well beyond the 3-point line and can also handle the ball and is effective on the break.
Despite Garcia's absence, Evanston still figures to be one of the strongest teams in the Chicago area this upcoming season, as they will return a solid nucleus which includes 6'5 class of 2009 prospect Eric Dortch, 6'2 class of 2010 prospect Ryan Frazier-Chambers, and 6'1 class of 2011 prospect Garrett Jones.