NS IN-DEPTH: Concordia Lutheran’s Carissa Garcia

Carissa Garcia has emerged as one of the most unstoppable guards in the area, increasing her role each year she has been in a Concordia Lutheran uniform. This year, as a junior, Garcia is averaging 20.3 points per game and is second on the team in rebounds (4.7) and leads the team in scoring, assists (2.7) and steals (2.3) per contest.

A hallmark of Garcia’s 2017-2018 season has been her three point shooting. She currently sits at 50 percent shooting from behind the arch, hitting 53 of her 107 three pointers this year. When she gets to the basket, fouling her isn’t much of an option either. Garcia has hit 80-of-98 free throws on the year.

WHO: Carissa Garcia

SCHOOL: Concordia Lutheran

CLASS: Junior

HOMETOWN: Fort Wayne, IN

HEIGHT: 5’7″

POSITION: Guard

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THE BUZZ ON CARISSA

• THE PLAYER — Carissa on Carissa: “On the court, I pride myself on being a hard worker and strong leader. I believe that since God has blessed me with basketball skills, it is my job to give my best effort each and everyday. I love being able to make others smile and feel good about themselves. God has blessed me with an amazing family that always supports me.”

• THE COACH — Concordia Lutheran’s Dave Miller on Carissa: “Carissa Garcia is the most complete junior I have coached in my 28 years. She is extremely competitive, has tremendous stamina, is right now 50% on 50 of 100 3’s attempted, and is one of the most skilled ball handlers in the state of Indiana in girl’s basketball. She has a passion for the game, and works tirelessly both in and out of season to improve her skills. Carissa is a team captain and is a positive vocal leader as well as by example. She is an excellent student and quality young Christian woman.”

• THE OPPOSING COACH — Homestead’s Rod Parker on Carissa: “Carissa is a versatile and explosive player whose ball handling skills, shooting ability, and basketball I.Q. one of the elite players in the area. Her ability to attack the basket, effectively knock down mid-range jump shots, and consistently score from the arc allow her to take control of a game. Carissa is a great on court leader who demands the best from herself and her teammates.”

• THE TRAINER — Justin Jordan on Carissa: “I started training her a year and a half ago. She’s always been super talented and gym rat. She’s a sponge [when I’m] showing her different ways to score and footwork techniques. One of the most gifted girls I’ve ever worked with. Sky is the limit for Carissa.”

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THE RECRUTING TRAIL

College choice: Northern Kentucky

What are you looking for in a college?: I chose Northern Kentucky for several reasons. First, the coaches and players at NKU are some of the best people you will ever meet and genuinely care about making me to be the best version of myself. Secondly, I am excited to be apart of the vision that Coach Whitaker has for the program. Finally, NKU is in a great area and fits all my academic needs.

Recruited by: Illinois State, Princeton, Wright State, Akron, Marquette, Butler, Belmont, Cleveland State, Yale, Harvard, Northern Illinois, Columbia, Santa Clara, and Stetson

When you knew you’d have a chance to play college basketball: Around 6th and 7th grade – I have always had a love and passion for basketball, but around this age I started to work out with basketball trainers and develop my game.

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ALL ABOUT CARISSA

Nickname: CG or Garcia

I can’t be beat at (sport, video game, board game, etc): sprints when we are conditioning or HORSE

Biggest fear: spiders

Pet peeve: When people quit on a play or don’t give their best effort

Best vacation spot: Turks and Caicos

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IN THE GYM

Favorite opponent: Bishop Dwenger

Favorite gym to play: Concordia

High school playing goal: Win a state title and be selected as an Indiana Junior/Senior All-Star

College playing goal: Win the Horizon League and be Freshmen of the Year in the Horizon League

Occupation, if not basketball: Sports Psychology or Human Resources

Favorite Coach Miller saying?: “That’s a down and back”

Biggest sports thrill I’ve participated in: Beating Dwenger in the Sectional Championship my freshmen year because nobody thought we would win that game.

Biggest sports thrill I’ve witnessed: The 2010 men’s NCAA tournament when Butler almost beat Duke but Gordon Hayward’s shot was just slightly off.

Favorite pro team: Celtics

Favorite current pro athlete: Kelsey Plum

Sports hero: Michael Jordan

First trophy was for: Top Player at Concordia’s basketball camp in 6th grade

If you could play 1-on-1 with anyone: Kelsey Plum

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THE FAVORITES

Favorite band/musician: The Weeknd, Chris Brown, Migos, and Big Sean

Favorite meal: Steak

Favorite dessert: Chocolate chip cookies

Sit down restaurant or fast food: Sit down: Olive Garden

Favorite Ice Cream: The Cocoa Blizzard from Dairy Queen

Favorite candy: Peanut Butter M&M’s

Favorite movie: The Notebook

Actor/Actress: Gabrielle Union and Shemar Moore

Books: “The Sports Gene” by David Epstein

Class in school: Psychology

Teacher at Concordia: Mrs. Koehler and Mr. Reinking

TV Show: Criminal Minds

Cartoon as a kid: Spongebob Squarepants

Color: Blue

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THE FAMILY

Favorite thing to do with mom: Travel with her to AAU tournaments

Favorite thing to do with dad: Watch football or play catch

Number of siblings: 1

Favorite thing to do with siblings: Play with our dogs

Best advice my parents have ever given me: No matter how hard something is or how much adversity you face, you can never quit.

Future family is big or small: big

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HISTORY

If you could go back in time to witness one event: Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals when Jordan hit the go-ahead jumper to win the game.

If you could meet anyone: Pat Summitt

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THE IN-DEPTH ARCHIVE

NS IN-DEPTH: Bishop Dwenger’s Hayden Smithey

NS In-Depth: Snider’s Hannah Barnes

NS In-Depth: Leo’s Jeremy Davison

NS In-Depth: South Adams’ Lexi Dellinger

NS In-Depth: Blackhawk Christian’s Caleb Furst

NS In-Depth: Central Noble’s Meleah Leatherman

NS In-Depth: Snider’s Keondre Brown

NS In-Depth: Homestead’s Kara Gealy

NS In-Depth: DeKalb’s Leigha Brown

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