At 6'9", 220 pounds, and averaging over 20 points with nearly 10 boards a game, Seattle University standout Charles Garcia was supposed to be playing for the other Division I team in the city. Instead he's Cameron Dollar's pride and joy.
Garcia was pegged as "The Next Jon Brockman" for the Washington Huskies coming out of Junior College, but didn't meet Washington's academic requirements. So on Tuesday night when the Redhawks meet the Huskies at Hec Ed, the Dawgs will get a look at what could have been and what they missed out on.
With the season he's had, Garcia has been viewed as a potential first round prospect for the 2010 NBA Draft. In its second year back in DI play, all Seattle U really has is Garcia.
Look back to the Redhawks 84-83 victory versus Wofford, where Garcia dropped a career high 41 and did nothing short of everything for his team, which has virtually been the case all year.
Who knows if he would have had success like this at Washington, but I have a hard time believing he would have struggled as much as the Huskies big men, who were flat out embarrassed by USC on Saturday night.
USC abused Washington in the paint all night, and it was clear that the Trojans picked up on the fact that this is where the Huskies are most vulnerable. Garcia may have been able to eliminate this problem that has plagued Washington all season.
While Garcia would probably be starting for Washington, it's doubtful he'd be averaging 20 and 10 a night. But would he be giving more than the atrocious combo of Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Tyrese Breshers, and Darnell Gant? Most likely.
I would imagine that Garcia would have been a nice complement to top scorers Quincy Pondexter and Isaiah Thomas. His role would have been similar to Brockman's at UW—rebound like hell and be physical.
Much to the dismay of the 12-7 (3-5 in Pac-10) Huskies, instead of overlooking Seattle U as an easy win, they'll have to figure out how to contain the player who could be helping them defend a Pac-10 crown.