Luka Garza adds another national honor to collection after tremendous season
Luka Garza is receiving more national attention after an outstanding season.
Thursday, Garza was named the winner of the 2021 Lute Olson National Player of the Year Award. The honor is presented to the top player at the Division I level of college basketball. It is named after Hall of Fame college basketball coach Lute Olson.
Garza averaged 24.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game and shot over 55% from the floor. He passed Roy Marble as Iowa’s all-time leading scorer this season, and helped lead Iowa to a third-place finish in the B1G standings and a No. 2 seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament.
“It has been a pleasure to watch Luka Garza play basketball over the past four seasons,” said Angelo Lento, vice president of CollegeInsider.com. “It’s difficult to come up with superlatives to describe his game that haven’t already been used a thousand times, but one word seems to fit…Winner. Luka Garza is a winner.”
Garza was an All-B1G selection and a First-Team All-American. He was also the B1G Player of the Year for a second straight season. He’s in the running for the Naismith National Player of the Year.
Iowa announced after Garza’s final home game that it will retire his No. 55.