Francisco Garcia
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Francisco Garcia

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Bronx, N.Y.

High School:
Winchendon School

Height / Weight:
6-7 / 190

Position:
F

Birthdate:
12/31/1981

Experience:
2L


Sophomore Year:

  • One of the top 50 preseason candidates for the 2003-04 Wooden Award All-American Team.
  • A special player who makes everyone on the floor better, he led the Cardinals in scoring (16.4, 4th in C-USA), assists (4.7, third in C-USA) and steals (1.9, fourth in C-USA). Also among the C-USA leaders in blocks (1.4, 8th), free throw percentage (.797, 9th) and assists-to-turnovers ratio (1.66, 10th).
  • Earned recognition among the nation's top players. He was on the final ballot of the top 20 candidates for the 2003-04 John R. Wooden Award and All-America team. He was among the 20 finalists for the Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year; the final 15 candidates for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Player of the Year Award; and on the list of 16 finalists for the Adolph F. Rupp All-American team and Player of the Year. He earned all-region honors by the NABC and the USBWA and was a first-team All-C-USA pick.
  • Named to the C-USA All-Tournament team, where in two games he averaged 25 points and three rebounds while shooting 58.1 percent from the field. He was the only player honored on the five-man team that did not play in the title game.
  • Double figure scorer in 22 games and in 42 for his career. He scored over 20 on 10 occasions as a sophomore, including three of the last four.
  • Handed out at least three assists in 23 of 28 games as a sophomore.
  • Played a stellar game against Cincinnati in the C-USA Tournament, scoring a career-high 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field.
  • With 818 career points, Garcia is only the 15th player in Louisville history to score at least 800 points in their initial two years with the Cardinals, and is the first since DeJuan Wheat scored 973 in his first two years at U of L in 1995-97.
  • Needs two assists to reach 200 for his career.
  • In the last 14 years, only Reece Gaines' senior year assists average (5.0) is higher at U of L than Garcia's 4.7 average assists.
  • Suffered his first ankle injury late in the Cards' Jan. 25 game at Tennessee and then injured his other ankle vs. UAB on Feb. 7. Before the injuries, Garcia had just come off a week in which he was named the C-USA Player of the Week. He missed two games (vs. Houston, at Memphis). He recovered from his injuries and finished strong, averaging 21.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists over the last eight games.
  • Had 15 points and 7 assists vs. Xavier in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
  • Handed out a school-record 15 assists against Murray State (1-3-04), breaking a 27-year-old mark. He added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the game.
  • Produced 23 points, five rebounds and five assists at Marquette (3/6/04).
  • Scored 27 points at Cincinnati (2-21-04), adding seven assists and three blocked shots in his best peformance since injuring both of his ankles.
  • Sat out the Cards' games vs. Houston and Memphis with an ankle injury. He returned to produce seven points and five rebounds in 17 minutes vs. UAB, injuring his other ankle in the game (2/7/04).
  • Team tri-captain with Taquan Dean and Luke Whitehead.
  • One of five current Cardinals who earned recognition on the U of L Athletic Director's Honor Roll for the 2004 spring semester (3.0 or better GPA).

    Freshman Year:

  • A dependable scorer and passer for the Cardinals, starting 15 games.
  • Honored as the Conference USA Freshman of the Year, U of L's first such selection since Nate Johnson earned that recognition in 1997.
  • Double-figure scorer in 21 games, including 13 of the last 17 (U of L was 16-5 in those games).
  • Third on the team in three-point goals, hitting 57-of-134 (.425, third in C-USA).
  • Led the Cardinals in blocked shots (40, 1.3 avg.) and ranked 10th in C-USA. He blocked a shot in 23 of 32 games.
  • Honored on the 2003 C-USA All-Tournament team after averaging four assists, 4.7 rebounds and a team-leading 14.7 points per game in 3 games.
  • Earned a silver medal in the 2003 Pan American Games while playing on the national team for his native country of the Dominican Republic, which fell to Brazil in the gold medal game.
  • Matched a career scoring high with 24 points vs. Marquette (2-27-03), hitting his first five three-point goals in the first half.
  • Earned C-USA Co-Player of the Week honors Feb. 10 after averaging 19 points, five rebounds and three assists in wins over Cincinnati and Houston.
  • Tied a school record with eight three-point goals against Cincinnati (in 11 attempts), scoring a career-high 24 points. He also contributed three rebounds, three assists and two steals.
  • Scored 23 points against Indiana, adding three rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots.
  • Honored on the all-tournament team of the Billy Minardi Classic after averaging 12.5 points, 4.5 assists while playing just 23 minutes against both Eastern Kentucky and Manhattan, shooting a collective 64.3 percent from the field (9-of-14).
  • Totalled 14 points and five assists in just 19 minutes against Furman, hitting 6-of-9 shots from the field.

    High School:

  • Averaged 18.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists as a senior in leading the Winchendon (Mass.) School to a 23-4 record and a first-place regular season finish in the Northeast Prep School Athletic Conference.
  • Connected on 51 percent from the field, including 41 percent of his three-point attempts, and shot 79 percent at the free throw line as a senior.
  • Earned first team all-conference honors.
  • Averaged 24 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists as a junior at Cheshire (Conn.) Academy.
  • Rated among the nation's top high school products entering his senior year. Garcia was ranked 20th by ESPN (fourth among small forwards) among the top 100 rising seniors, No. 23 by CNN/SI among the top 35 seniors, and No. 37 by The Sporting News (eighth among small forwards).
  • A native of the Dominican Republic, he was an all-tournament selection at the adidas BIG TIME Tournament in Las Vegas in the summer of 2001.
  • Also played baseball in high school.
  • Runner-up to Taquan Dean in the three-point shooting competition at the 2002 Kentucky Derby Festival Classic all-star game.
  • Also considered Miami (Fla.), Maryland and Villanova before choosing to attend Louisville.

    Personal:

  • Born Dec. 31, 1981 ... Son of Miguelina Garcia ... Younger brother Hector died in December of 2003 ... Major is communication.
  • Post-college ambition is to play in the NBA.
  • Enjoys going out with friends in his spare time.
  • Feels Al Pacino would be the best actor to play him in a movie.
  • What impresses him the most about Coach Pitino: "his love for coaching and the way he gets the best out of his players."
  • Chose to attend U of L because "I love the city and we have the best coach in the nation."
  • Best basketball advice given to him was to "get better every day."
  • Few people know that he eats a lot.
  • Most proud of his mother.

    Favorites:

  • Basketball Player: Taquan Dean
  • NBA Team: Sacramento Kings
  • Athlete, Other than a basketball player: Sammy Sosa
  • Movies: Friday
  • Musical Group/Singer: Jadakiss
  • Comedian: Martin Lawrence
  • Foods: pasta, chicken
  • Midnight Snack: Doritos
  • Best Athlete Ever Faced: Kobe Bryant
    • Atlantic Coast Conference NCAA University of Louisville
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