The biggest question surrounding Iowa’s basketball program this offseason is what decision star Luka Garza will make. Does he declare for the NBA Draft, or does he return to the Hawkeyes for one more year?

According to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, NBA scouts and executives seem to think Garza could benefit greatly from another year in Iowa City.


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One executive told Goodman that Garza had an outstanding season, but that he still needs to work on his game. Primarily, he said perimeter shooting and defense were concerns.

“I know what he did last season in college, but he could use one more year to work on his body, his perimeter shot and his defense. Then maybe he gets drafted.” – NBA executive

Garza was the B1G Player of the Year for the 2019-20 season and was the runner up for the National Player of the Year, behind Dayton’s Obi Toppin. He finished the year nearly averaging a double-double with 23.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. He also shot over 54 percent from the floor.

Garza stands 6-foot-11 and has primarily played in the post during his career. Getting better as a shooter from distance and being able to defend multiple positions on the floor would benefit him tremendously for the 2021 draft.