Iowa star Luka Garza makes call on 2020-21 season
Luka Garza is coming back.
Early Sunday afternoon, the reigning B1G Player of the Year announced that he will be pulling his name out of the NBA Draft and will finish out his career at Iowa. Garza’s return immediately gives the Hawkeyes a great chance to win the B1G title in 2020-21 and earn a trip to the Final Four.
Garza was one of the biggest names in the NBA Draft. While many thought it would be in his best interest to return to college for the upcoming season, there was a lot of uncertainty about what he might do.
“I love this place too much to leave it,” Garza said on Sunday.
Garza will be a preseason All-American selection and an early season favorite to win the Wooden Award, presented to the best player in college basketball. Last year, Garza was beaten out by Dayton’s Obi Toppen for the honor.
“It’s been really strange and difficult with COVID-19,” Garza said. “It added a lot of uncertainty. At the end of the day, I felt very confident that I wanted to come back and finish my career at the University of Iowa.”
Garza averaged 23.9 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists for the Hawkeyes during the 2019-20 campaign.