On Tuesday, the Texas Longhorns extended an offer to Prior Lake (Min.) power forward Dawson Garcia:
Blessed and thankful to receive my first scholarship offer from The University of Texas! pic.twitter.com/Ykl8rvXg1D— Dawson (@Dawson23lee) April 17, 2018
The offer came days after an in-person evaluation by the Texas coaching staff and is the first for Garcia. Xavier was in attendance that evening and Butler is also expected to offer Garcia in the near future.
The 6’10, 200-pounder is a 2020 prospect who is still rising on the recruiting trail and will likely see his stock take off this summer if he plays on the AAU circuit and performs well.
Based on some recent highlights at a spring classic, Garcia is on the right track — the easy comparison is probably 2018 Texas signee Kamaka Hepa, because Garcia can do a little bit of everything. He’s a left hander who can shoot from distance, prefers to drive right to finish with either hand, and is comfortable handling and passing the ball in the open court. His level of coordination is impressive for his height and age is impressive and he has some low-post ability as well.
Head coach Shaka Smart and his staff have done an excellent job of recent years of evaluating rising players early in the process and offering before other high-major programs. In the case of Garcia, the Horns are the first school, which could end up benefiting Smart and his staff later in the process.