Nik Garcia Will Not Enroll At Evanston--Will Attend Prep School Instead--College Commitment Forthcoming

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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.

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Well I knew this was coming about Garcia. I don't know how strong Evanston will be because after Frazier-Chambers,Dortch,Jones, and Irvin there is no bench help to speak of. Also not much size and we are very guard heavy. Dortch is going to need help on the glass. Also whose going to replace him when he is in foul trouble. There will be a major drop off in talent after the first four guys. Could be trouble this season. About Garcia he should have known Niles West was going to make sure his grades would not be good enough to transfer to Evanston, a conference opponent in the Central Suburban South. Looks like Waukegan is the odds on favorite in the conference with Richmond, Nickerson, and Springs.

Here we go once again. So much focus on the basket than the grades. The parents and whoever else is involved with these decisions. Shame on you. I only hope that if the players don't end up injury free that they can add 2+2 and spell something other than their name.

What players are you referring to? If you are referring to players in general, I agree with you. If you are referring to Frazier, Dortch, and Jones their grades are solid. I know Dortch's parents. They don’t play when it comes to their kids and school. I have heard his mother say, "No grades no basketball" many times. Dortch said he is going to pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering or Architectural Engineering. You have to have grades for that.

You said it correct Parent from evanston, the priorities are upside down. My question is why does a College look at kids that do not even maintain a 2.0.? I heard he has a little brother what happens to him? The kid from Waukegan has the same issues.

Look these kids should have no problem keeping up a 2.0 grade point average. If you are on the Evanston team then your grades are pretty good most of the time. Yes Dortch's family does not play when it comes to grades. In this instance Garcia has a lot of work to do on his academics to even stay in a college setting. I heard he wasn't going to class at Niles West. That is not a good thing. Plus the coaches need to keep an eye out for how these kids are doing in class. I heard they are doing a better job at it since Locke took over. Unfortunately some kids are motivated by being able to play basketball. It's what keeps them coming to school. It goes back to the parents instilling an academic setting. I have kept my son out of football because his grades didn't fit MY STANDARDS!!! Not the schools so as parents we need to keep our kids focused on academics and these things like Garcia's situation will not happen.

Very good question. I don't understand why colleges offer kids who have less than a 2.0. I believe this is why so many athletes get put on probation, lose their scholarship, drop out, and/or don't graduate. They have not been prepared on the academic side. By many schools' standard, my standard too - as a parent, a 2.0 is on the low side. What the kids need to learn is most schools want a student/athlete, in that order. I would say for the schools who don't operate in that manner that they are more concerned with what the athlete brings to the table athletically.

WAKE UP PARENTS! The ball starts bouncing with you!

COLLEGE COACHES GET PAID TO WIN!
THEY RECRUIT ON POTENTIAL ANYWAY, TALENT ON THE COURT
AND HOPEFULLY TALENT IN THE CLASSROOM!
IF A YOUNGSTER COMES TO HIGH SCHOOL WITH A 5TH AND 6TH
GRADE READING LEVEL, CHANCES ARE HE WON'T BE READING
UP TO PAR WHEN HE GRADUATES FROM HIGH SCHOOL!
AS YOU KNOW EVERY STUDENT-ATHLETE THAT ATTENDS COLLEGE
WILL NOT EARN HIS COLLEGE DEGREE!
WHY DO YOU THINK THEY ARE TALKING BOYCOTT IN THE CPS,
BECAUSE ILLINOIS RANKS 49 OUT OF 50, ACCORDING TO
STATES IN EDUCATIONAL SPENDING FOR STUDENTS!
EVERYTHING IS BASED ON PROPERTY TAXES, THAT'S WHY
NEW TRIER SPENDS 17,000 DOLLARS ON EACH STUDENT AND
IN CHICAGO THEY SPEND 6 TO 10 THOUSAND ON EACH STUDENT!
THAT'S WHY IF YOU GET THE OPPORTUNITY, PREP SCHOOL
ISN'T A BAD SITUATION IF YOU REALLY GO THERE TO LEARN!
THE CLASSES ARE SMALLER AND THERE IS MORE HANDS ON
WITH THE STUDENTS!

I am amazed by the comments that are published here. Do people actually think that a high school would have something to do with altering a student's grades so they would not be eligible to participate in athletics? WAKE UP Tim, when does the blame fall on the student and the parents? I know the type of student this kid was and is. He may play hard for his AAU team but he certainly didn't show that effort at Niles West; not on the floor and certainly not in the classroom. It is about time we stop pointing the finger at others and start pointing it at him.

Guy if you read all of my comment you would have seen that I put most of the blame on the kid. But I do think some of it is on Niles West. Come on you must be living in a dream world if you think Niles West wasn't upset this kid was leaving. Well latest news Garcia is back from North Carolina and enrolled at Evanston. Like I have also said in my comments he's going to have problems in college if he doesn't straighten out.

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