Iowa center Luka Garza may use all the time he’s allotted before making a decision on his basketball future.
The 2019-20 B1G Player of the Year declared for the NBA Draft following the rapid conclusion of last season and has continued to keep his name in the mix. With the NBA announcing that the early entry deadline is set for Aug. 17, Garza will have until Aug. 3 to make a final decision.
The league opted to push back its draft and entry deadline due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The NCAA also adjusted its timeline for basketball student-athletes to make a final decision.
Garza has been primarily projected as a second-round selection or even potentially undrafted. His lateral quickness on defense has been the primary concern among league scouts, and it would be something the center could improve on if he returns to Iowa next season.
In an interview with CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish, Garza discussed what’s going through his mind.
“After my freshman and sophomore years, I don’t think anybody thought I’d be in this position, and be talked about this much, and be [somebody] everybody’s so concerned about what decision I would be making,” Garza said according to 247Sports. “It’s something that I really didn’t see for myself. But I worked as hard as I could to make sure this happened, and, honestly, now it’s just a blessing to be in this position. And I know, at the end of the day, that I’m going to make the right choice.”
Last season, Garza nearly averaged a double-double for the Hawkeyes, posting 23.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per contest. He recorded 15 double-doubles on the year and scored 20 points or more in 25 contests. Garza also posted a season-high 44 points in a game against Michigan.
If Garza returns to Iowa City, the Hawkeyes will be one of the favorites to reach the Final Four next season.