CHAPEL HILL, NC — North Carolina says Marquette transfer Dawson Garcia will not return to the team this season as he remains at his home in Minnesota due to family medical issues.
The school announced Garcia’s status on Thursday. The 6ft 11in striker had missed the last six games and had not played since the January 22 loss at Wake Forest.
“After the loss of several very special members of my family last year, I nearly lost my father in December and my grandmother is currently in intensive care,” Garcia said in a statement released by the school. “With my dad recovering and my grandmother fighting for her life, it’s not even a question for me where I need to be right now.”
Garcia, of Prior Lake, Minnesota, had averaged 9.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in 16 games with 12 starts for the Tar Heels. He had five double-digit games averaging 13.0 points in his only season at Marquette.
“I love coaching Dawson and understand that his primary concern at this time is the health and well-being of his family, and his focus continues to be with them as it should be,” the first-team coach said. year of UNC, Hubert Davis, in a press release.
“We miss him being part of our program and wish him and his family well and look forward to his return to action when the time is right.”