Latinos in the NCAAs
It's March Madness time again and as always Latino basketball players will be making an impact in the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament. He is a rundown of the Latinos players that will be participating.
Alvarado, a 6-foot-2 Senior, is from the Bronx, NY. He is of Puerto Rican descent. Alvarado studied and played four years with All Hallows High School in New York where he was named MVP twice. In 2010, ne became a member of the U-18 Puerto Rican National Team. In his first year at Manhattan he averaged 11.2 points, 3.2 assists, and 2.5 rebounds and was named to the All Rookie MAAC Conference. In 2011-2012, he averaged 8.5 points, 3.2 assists and 2.3 rebounds.
Andujar, whose mother is Puerto Rican, is a 6-foot-6 Junior, and is also from the Bronx, NY. He played four years at Rice High School and helped guide Rice to the 2011 CHSAA class AA championships game averaging 12.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists as a senior. This year at Manhattan he was named to the MAAC Championships All-Tournament team and was a preseason All-MAAC third team member. He had 12 points and five rebounds in MAAC championship victory vs. Iona.
Garcia, a 5-foot-11 Freshman, is from Aurora, Colorado. His Father is Mexican and Mother is Italian-German. He was a four-year starting point guard at Grandview High School and the all-time leader in career points scored (1,255) and assists (402). As a senior he scored 19.1 points per game along with 5.6 assists and earned All-State and first team All-Conference honors.
Garino, is a 6-foot-6 Sophomore from Mar del Plata, Argentina. He played high school basketball in Florida and as a freshman at GW was one of three players to start all 30 games. He was second on team with 2.1 assists per game, and third on team with 8.8 points per game. He also led GW with 2.3 steals per game and set the new single-season steals record for a freshman with 68.
Horford, a 6-foot-10 Junior, was an All-State high school basketball player for Grand Ledge High School in Michigan. He is the son of Tito Horford. His father was the first player born in the Dominican Republic to play in the NBA. At Michigan he is a team captain.
Napier, is a 6-foot-1 Senior. He grew up in Roxbury, Massachusetts and his mother is from Puerto Rico. Napier was a key player for the Huskies' 2010–11 NCAA Championship team, as he made the Big East All Rookie team. Following his junior season, Napier was selected on the All-Big East First team. In the 2013-2014 season, Napier was unanimously selected for the AAC All First Team, and was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
Rodriguez, a 6-foot-7 Junior, is from the Bronx, NY. He is a solid scorer inside the paint and from behind the 3-point arc. Earlier this season he scored 29 points against Texas Tech and 24 against Stanford. He is a solid rebounder and is always in attack mode on the offensive end. He can defend inside as well as on the perimeter. He was a solid performer at Gulf Coast State College in one of the top junior college leagues in the country before transferring to Texas Southern.