Sleepers Face Off In the City of Rain
Tonight is going to provide NBADraft.net participants with the opportunity to judge two hotly debated prospects in a game situation. Tonight the Harvard mens team faces off against the Seattle University Redhawks in Seattle. What this means is that 6' 3" guard Jeremy Lin will be leading his team against 6' 10" forward Charles Garcia Jr. This game is important because it will offer the rising Garcia, and hotly debated prospect Lin an opportunity to showcase their respective games in front of scouting personnel. Due to the fact that Lin is a guard, and Garcia a forward, there will be few, if any opportunities for the two to match up head to head. But, the two will have ample opportunities to display their efficiency, leadership, athleticism and skill set in what should be an entertaining contest.
Harvard is a leading contender for the Ivy League conference championship, and as a long time Division 1 program is the superior team with a big win over Boston College to their credit. In addition Lin displayed a very impressive all around game in a six point loss to Connecticut outscoring highly regarded backcourt player Jerome Dyson 30-24 in a mostly head to head match up. Seattle University is making its return to division 1 competition after a multi decade absence. The saga of Garcia has been well chronicled in numerous articles, initially a University of Washington recruit the forward was informed late in the process that his admission to the UW was denied by the admissions council for unknown reasons. He landed on his feet at SU with former Husky assistant coach and UCLA PG Cameron Dollar, who is now the head coach at SU. The loss of Garcia to the UW has impacted the program significantly, in unofficial runs Garcia had displayed dominance against the Husky bigs and his skill set is far superior to that displayed by the UDub's primary big Matthew Bryan-Amanning.
Although hurt by being denied the opportunity to attend the UW and display his game on the NCAA's most grand stage, March Madness, Garcia has thrived in his role as team leader at SU. Had Garcia enrolled at the UW he would have had to tailor his game to accommodate the styles of G Isaiah Thomas and standout F Quincy Pondexter the current team leaders. In his role at SU Garcia is easily the most talented player on the roster and has had to accept the challenge of being not only his teams primary scoring option but also his teams primary facilitator. The offense often runs through Garcia whether his game is being utilized on the block, from the elbow in pick and roll, and clear outs. his strengths are his versatility, handle and sweet outside stroke which is an anomaly for a player his size.
In many ways this game offers the opportunity to compare two players whose court experiences this season are more similar than dissimilar despite their differences in stature. Both players are the primary option on offense, often having to defeat zones, traps, and man to man against the oppositions best defenders at their respective positions. Both have risen from relative obscurity to become highly visible on scouting boards throughout the nation and internationally. To date Garcia has recieved more NBA hype due to the fact that Big men generally do not possess his rare combination of athleticism and skills, at 6' 10" his NBA comparisons would probably be Anthony Randolph and Jason Thompson, although both of the players may have a slight edge on Garcia in regards to overall athletic ability. Lin on the other hand has been a demonstration in the effectiveness of hard work and will, regarded lightly enough as a recruit initially to fall to Harvard Lin has been a revelation to date. His game has shown him to be a far superior player to most of the competition he is facing in the ivy league.
A stastical comparison of the two players:
For those interested in getting some scouting so that they may have an informed opinion this game will be televised on FSN on delay at 6pm (Comcast 30 or 627HD), as I do not have satellite access I cannot provide channels for viewing but for Dish and Direct customers check your local listings for view time of FSNNW (Fox Sports News Northwest) in your area.