'It will happen': Fran McCaffery says it's only a matter of time before Iowa retires Luka Garza's number
Luka Garza will be remembered as one of the best players to ever put on an Iowa basketball uniform. Head coach Fran McCaffery doesn’t believe the honors for the Hawkeye great will stop there.
Speaking with the media on Tuesday afternoon, McCaffery talked about the possibility of Garza’s No. 55 being retired at Carver-Hawkeye Arena when his career comes to an end. The head coach thinks that’s a guarantee.
“It will happen,” McCaffery said, per Tom Kakert of Hawkeye Report. “It’s a matter of when.”
Fran on retiring Luka's number, "It will happen, it's a matter of when."
— Tom Kakert (@HawkeyeReport) March 2, 2021
Garza became the program’s all-time leading scorer earlier this season, breaking Roy Marble’s previous record of 2,116 points. He’s the leading candidate to be the B1G Player of the Year, as well as the National Player of the Year.
This season, Garza is averaging 24.3 points and 8.4 rebounds this season, leading the team in both categories. He’s also averaging 1.8 assists and 1.5 blocks per contest. The Hawkeyes are 18-7 on the year.
Garza has recorded 11 double-doubles this season and he’s hit double figures in scoring in all but one game this year.
Iowa closes out the season against Nebraska on Thursday and No. 25 Wisconsin on Sunday.