Money talks, they say. In Angel Garcia's case, the chatter was loud enough for him to end his college career not quite midway through his first healthy season.
Tiger coach Josh Pastner announced Sunday that Garcia is departing the team after the fall semester to play professionally in Spain. Garcia has been with the team since the 2008-09 season, though didn't reach the floor until late in the 2009-10 campaign after recovering from knee surgery. He was averaging 6.1 points per game this season for the 7-1 Tigers. Garcia brought value both in terms of his size and his long-range shooting ability.
The loss of Garcia compounds the earlier loss (for at least five weeks) of junior Wesley Witherspoon, who underwent surgery to repair a torn knee ligament. Eight players remain in what has been a 10-man rotation for Pastner, with five of them freshmen, and six of them in their first year with the Tiger program. Senior Will Coleman is the only active player with significant playing time for the U of M.
Freshman forward Hippolyte Tsafack will have his redshirt removed and be on the active roster when Memphis hosts Austin Peay Thursday night at FedExForum.