Luis Garza of Mission, Texas, was announced on Friday as the first signee of the 2018 recruiting class by head coach Jack Defreitas.
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Saints sign Luis Garza as first member of 2018 class

Moberly, Mo.

Luis Garza (seated left) and Cruz Mendoza (seated right) each signed a letter of intent to join the Central Christian College of the Bible Saints for the 2018-19 school year.Central Christian College of the Bible head men's basketball coach Jack Defreitas on Friday announced the signing of Luis Garza for the 2018-19 season. Garza is the first member of the Saints' 2018 class.

Garza, a 6-3 forward from Juarez-Lincoln High School in La Joya, Texas, is currently a senior and will graduate in May. The two-year starter for the Huskies averaged 16.8 points, 12 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game as a senior.

Garza helped lead the Huskies to their best season in school history with a 21-12 record and the program's first Class 6A playoff appearance. As a senior, he was named Offensive Most Valuable Player for District 30-6A.

"Luis instantly makes us better," Defreitas said. "He played in the largest class in the state of Texas, put up outstanding numbers, and was the MVP on offense in his eight-team district. Luis' scoring and rebounding ability on the inside are exactly what we need. He is a great pickup for us, and I can't wait to start working with him."

Garza earned first team all-district honors during the past two seasons, and was a Rio Grande Valley Basketball Coaches Association All-Star selection this year. Last summer he was AAU teammates with current Saints Jaime Rodriguez and Jesse Granados.

While at CCCB, Garza plans to pursue an Associate of Professional Studies and a dual-enrollment degree in Education from a partner institution.