Welcome to A10 Talk’s Top 25 Player Countdown. Each day, we publish a new article counting down the 25 best players in the Atlantic 10 this past season. Today, we feature #13 Patricio Garino.
Heading into this season, we all knew what Patricio Garino was capable of: lighting it up from three, knifing his way to the basket, and potentially playing his way into being a NBA-draft pick. He certainly helped his draft stock this year, and two games in particular stand out from this past season.
On February 6th, George Washington made a trip down to Richmond, VA to play at VCU, a team they had never beat on the road. Patricio Garino dropped a career-high 27 points on the Rams, along with 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. As a team that game, the Colonials went 8-18 from downtown, four of which came from Garino, as GW took down VCU 72-69.
In the NIT Championship, Patricio Garino scored 14 points, but his overall leadership throughout the entire tournament cannot be understated and deserves mention in any postseason articles written about Garino.
Patricio Garino led the Atlantic 10 in 3-point field goal percentage (44.2%), which also ranked 62nd nationally. In addition, Garino was 9th in the A10 in steals (1.39), 13th in field goal percentage (50%), 17th in blocks (0.91) and 22nd in points per game (13.9).
Throughout his four years in Foggy Bottom, Garino flourished as a leader for the team, whether by his production on the court in points, or as a teacher/cheerleader on the bench. His fearlessness in his transition attack will certainly be missed, as well as his personality with his teammates and fans alike. GW will struggle to replace a player as valuable as Garino in the years to come, but hopefully his past success will help his as part of the Argentinian National Team in the upcoming Summer Olympics and into his professional career.