Garcia, named the Independent Player of the Year earlier this month, led Seattle University with 18.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures in 27 of the team's 31 games and notched 11 double-doubles during the year. Garcia shot 16-of-24 from the field on his way to a season-high 41 points against NCAA Tournament participant Wofford on Nov. 28, while his season-best rebounding total was 16 boards at Cal Poly on Dec. 3.
The 6'10" player showed his proficiency for drawing fouls and getting to the free throw line, attempting 304 free throws, the most for any Division I player during the regular season. In Seattle University history, only Johnny O'Brien, Elgin Baylor, and Dick Stricklin attempted more free throws during a single season, with O'Brien and Baylor the only ones to make more than the 187 successful free throws by Garcia this season.
Garcia is joined on the Lou Henson All-America Team by, among others, Matt Bouldin, who led Gonzaga back to the NCAA Tournament; Louis Dale and Ryan Wittman, who paced Cornell to the Ivy League title and a berth in the NCAA Sweet 16; and Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack, players on the Butler squad that have reached the NCAA Final Four. The selection committee consisted of 21 current coaches, former coaches, and former players.
The Lou Henson All-America Team features players from the independent schools as well as the following conferences: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, Big West, Colonial, Great West, Horizon, Ivy, Metro Atlantic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern, Missouri Valley, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Southwestern, Summit, Sun Belt, West Coast. Garcia is the only player from an independent school to earn this honor.
All players on the All-America Team are eligible for the Lou Henson Player of the Year Award, given to the top "mid-major" player in Division I college basketball. The award is named in honor of the winningest coach in both New Mexico State and Illinois men's college basketball history and will be presented Friday, April 2, at the Final Four in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Seattle University men's basketball team finished the 2009-10 season with a 17-14 record, winning eight of its last nine games to end the year above .500 against a complete Division I schedule, a first for a school in the first full year of transitioning to the Division I level.