Isidro Garcia is a 1960 graduate of Estancia High School. During his senior year, he was captain of the basketball team, as well as the lead scorer and rebounder; he was also selected Player of the Year in Estancia (1960). A 6’2″ forward, Isidro led his high school team to the State Tournament two years in a row. In high school, Isidro averaged around 28 points per game and shot 97% from the free throw line. He also averaged 12 rebounds per game. He was selected to the Dell High School All-American Team; these were the top high school players in the United States. Isidro was selected All-State and was a member of the North All-Star basketball team in the North/South All-Star basketball game. Also, in 1960, isidro had over 35 scholarship offers; he chose to attend the College of St. Joseph’s on the Rio Grande because it was close to home.
During his freshman year, he averaged slightly over 20 points per game and shot 67% from the field. The next year, he averaged 24.5 points per game – this placed him among the top two or three scorers in the nation. He also shot 98% from the free throw line. in 1963, he was selected as a Small College All-American (NAIA) and was selected to be a part of a NAIA sqad that toured South America in state department sponsored clinics representing the United States. He played in Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Argentina. He averaged over 20 points per game, and being the only Spanish speaking member of the team often acted as an ambassador, handling press relations and communicating with game officials. Isidro was a highly accomplished musician and he left college to pursue an opportunity in the music field, where he has performed for over 50 years.