Former Seattle University forward Charles Garcia was in an interesting situation at the end of last season: try to capitalize on dying early season buzz in the NBA Draft or return for a senior season and risk falling off the radar.
Obviously, there are a lot of factors that go into a player deciding whether to go pro early, but right now, it's safe to say that it's not working out for Garcia - after being bought out of his contract in Turkey, he signed a contract to make himself eligible for the NBA D-League.
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According to a league source, NBA prospects Joe Alexander, Stanley Robinson (photo right), DeShawn Sims and Charles Garcia have signed contracts to play in the D-League, making all four players eligible to clear waivers Tuesday. The D-League's waiver wire is operated like your typical fantasy draft, meaning that the Idaho Stampede -- the team with the last pick in this year's D-League draft -- will have first choice at the players entering the pool.
And unfortunately, Garcia went unclaimed today essentially making him a "free agent".
There's no question that Garcia has the physical tools to become a professional player.
But after coach Cameron Dollar felt the need to bench him for his work ethic in practice, being passed over by the NBA once, released by a team in Turkey, and going unclaimed by the D-League, it's starting to become more and more clear that something other potential or talent is keeping him out of the NBA.