A dream has become reality for one Bishop high basketball player after he signed to play basketball at the next level.
On Sunday, Mike Garcia signed his letter of intent to play basketball in North Carolina at Warren Wilson College.
“He’s grown so much that it’s amazing to see the things that he has accomplished,” Garcia’s mother Isabel Barrientos said during the signing. “And I am really proud of him.”
“I feel extremely blessed,” Garcia said. “I’m just really humbled that I actually got the chance to play basketball at the next level.”
Garcia had a list of accomplishments earned taking the floor for the Badgers that he is proud of, including an award he said he’d been working on “for years.”
“I mean, I was named first-team all-district (31-3A) in my sophomore and junior year,” Garcia said. “But for my senior year I earned Defensive MVP in the district, which is what I was wanting since my sophomore year, so to get that felt really good. I felt like I was accomplished after that.”
Garcia said because of that accomplishment and with the help of his best friend and teammate, Dylan Trevino, he was able to earn the opportunity to play at Warren Wilson.
“Without him, honestly I would not have been able to make today happen at all,” Garcia added.
The transition from high school ball to college for Garcia may be “a little bit difficult” but he said he thinks after some time, he should grow comfortable at the college.
“I’m sure I’ll be able to handle (the transition),” Garcia said. “Once I get help from my professors and hopefully the friends I’ll make over there, I think I’ll be okay.”
Garcia said he hopes to pursue studies in physical therapy while attending Warren Wilson.
As for anyone who wants to be in his shoes in the future, Garcia had one piece of advice.
“Just keep working hard,” Garcia said. “You can’t stop hard work. That’s what I live by now; you can’t stop hard work.”
Garcia also thanked his mother, his father Juan Garcia, brother Johnny Garcia and Trevino for everything they’ve done for him.