Tech Targeting St. Anne’s Star

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Virginia Tech is one of at least four schools to have offered St. Anne’s-Belfield star shooting guard/wing forward Jose Garcia. Garcia, a rising senior, averaged 22 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists as junior last season.

“Jose’s been offered by Florida State, Virginia Tech, Georgetown, and Richmond,” St. Anne’s Head Coach Phil Stinnie said. “I’m pretty sure Michigan State and Louisville will offer too. When coaches tell you that they are ‘very, very, very interested’ in a player, that usually means something.”

Garcia’s biggest strength is, well, his strength. At 6-4, 205 pounds, he is extremely strong, and he knows how to use it according to Coach Stinnie.

“Jose’s strength is his body,” Stinnie said. “He’s very strong and he knows how to use it. His first step is one of the best I’ve seen. He may not be the fastest or quickest, but his first step will free him up out of any situation. He may not be the greatest athlete, but he is a good one and he knows how to finish around the basket. He can run the floor with anybody.

“He knows he needs to be more consistent with his jumper. He’s working hard to improve that area of his game.”

Last year was the first year Stinnie had an opportunity to coach Garcia. He believes Garcia improved once the trust in his teammates became stronger.

“As the year went on, Jose became more of a team oriented player and let the game come to him,” Stinnie said. “That made him a better and more effective player. He developed a stronger mid-range game and became more of a complete player.”

A native of Angola, Garcia moved to Belgium, where he starred for the Belgium junior national team. He moved to Lynchburg, Virginia, for his sophomore year and transferred to St. Anne’s before the beginning of his junior year.

Garcia is an extremely well-rounded individual as well as a talented basketball player. Academically, he is very solid and scored a 1,240 on the SAT. His collegiate decision will be based on more than just basketball, as academics will be a major part as well.

“He wants to find a school that gives him the opportunity to get better as a basketball player and as a person,” Stinnie said. “He’s looking at it as a four-year commitment, not just basketball-wise. He has big plans after school. He wants to go back to Angola