Washington could have very well had Charles Garcia in its current lineup, but the school didn't admit him after Lorenzo Romar signed him out of junior college in 2008.
Garcia now leads the nation with 30.1 points per 40 minutes and is an NBA prospect, but is doing it for former assistant Cameron Dollar over at Seattle University.
The two teams meet tonight, and the scuffling Huskies are left to wonder what might have happened had Garcia gotten into school, as Todd Dybas of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer writes:
While Washington struggles, fans and Washington players lament what might have been.
"It would have been lovely," [Isaiah] Thomas, who played pickup with Garcia in the summer, said. "It would have been great. He's a good player and he would have made it a lot easier for me, Quincy [Pondexter], anybody on this team because he's a talent."
Would he have added a win or two?
"A lot [of wins]," Thomas said. "Not just a win or two."
Romar, beyond having to counter Garcia tomorrow, is over it.
"I think we're past that," Romar said. "When initially he wasn't coming it was tough. But when he started playing earlier in the year, you saw the things he was doing, obviously you would have loved to have had him -- not just his game, but his personality. But that's behind us now."