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The Gophers hosted Garcia on Friday, and he made his decision official while returning to the U after the weekend with his family.
"It's like the coolest thing ever," Garcia told the Star Tribune. "Ben's done an unbelievable job to establish a culture in one year. I can only imagine what he's going to do in Year 2 and beyond.
"I'm excited to put on the uniform, but also when the time comes to be a proud alum and say I was part of the process of getting Minnesota basketball back."
"I'm excited to wear 'Minnesota' across my chest," Garcia said. "It's something that not too many people get to do, to represent the state."
"It was awesome being down at the practice facility," Garcia said. "It just felt it was yesterday when I played with some of those guys. I know a lot of them. There's a lot of home-state talent on this team."
The 6-foot-11 forward from Prior Lake, who started 12 games for the North Carolina last season, will become the seventh scholarship player from Minnesota on the 2022-23 roster.