Luka Garza is coming off of one of the most productive collegiate careers in recent memory, but the former Iowa big man still had a lot of work to do before he could impress NBA scouts.

Prior to the NBA Draft combine in Chicago this week, Garza says he dropped 30 pounds in order to get into better shape for the pre-draft process.

“I think I’ve showed people that I’ve changed my body a little bit and I’m excited about the results,” Garza said.

Garza explained his process here with ESPN draft analyst Mike Schmitz:

Garza’s weaknesses coming into the draft are mostly on the defensive end. Scouts are concerned that teams will be able to force him into bad matchups on the perimeter. Garza also acknowledged that he’ll be playing more on the perimeter offensively at the NBA level as well — another reason for the weight loss.

Garza hasn’t participated in 5-on-5 games at the combine due to a groin injury, but he seemed to have a good week in Chicago overall.

He performed well during agility and shooting drills:

Garza is currently projected to be a second round pick.

The 2021 NBA Draft is on July 29.