Dawson Garcia and the North Carolina Tar Heels recently announced that the forward would not return to the team this season. Garcia went back home earlier in the season for an undisclosed family emergency. After he announced that he would not return for the season he also opened up about why he came to that reasoning. After losing some family members to COVID-19 he came close to losing his dad in December and his grandmother is currently in the hospital.
North Carolina forward Dawson Garcia will miss the rest of the season as he remains home in Minnesota to help with family medical issues. He’s missed the last six games.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) February 10, 2022
— Dawson (@Dawson23lee) February 10, 2022
This is an important time to remember that some things are bigger than basketball. Head Coach Hubert Davis and the North Carolina program have his full support in his time of need. It is important that Dawson Garcia use this time to spend it with his family and do what he feels is right. Basketball can wait for another time. The forward was spending his first season in Chapel Hill as a sophomore after transferring from the Marquette Golden Eagles.
During his first year with the Tar Heels, Garcia was averaging nine points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He played 16 games for Hubert Davis and the Tar Heels. Garcia will use this time to stay close to his family and no one should blame him for that decision. While his decision is more than understandable it will hurt North Carolina when it comes to their big man depth. That being said, that isn’t important right now.
We here at Def Pen Sports wish Dawson Garcia and his family the best in this troubling time.