It’s not been hard to see that Iowa’s Luka Garza is one of the top players in all of college basketball. He’s been the most unstoppable big man in the sport, and a huge reason why the Hawkeyes have found so much success on the floor this season.
And Garza’s impact has led to a record-breaking season for the junior center.
Garza has scored 617 points through the first 26 games of the 2019-20 season. That mark is a single-season record for a junior basketball player in Iowa City. His total surpassed B.J. Armstrong’s 592 points scored in 1988. It took Armstrong 34 games to reach that total.
Luka Garza's 617 points (26 games) are the most points by a junior in Iowa single-season history, surpassing B.J. Armstrong’s 592 points scored in 34 games during the 1988 season. #VoteGarza #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/99CCo9tfN2
— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) February 18, 2020
This season, Garza is averaging 23.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game for the Hawkeyes. He’s recorded a double-double in 13 games this season and has scored more than 30 points five times, including a single-game high of 44 against Michigan earlier this year.
Iowa currently sits at 18-8 on the season and 9-6 in B1G play. The Hawkeyes still have five games remaining in the regular season, as well as at least one game in the B1G Tournament and (likely) the NCAA Tournament.
Garza’s point total will likely grow quite a bit by the time Iowa’s season concludes.