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Luka Garza Named Men's Naismith Player of the Year

Apr 4, 2021 12:29 AM

Luka Garza was named the men's Naismith Player of the Year for the 2021 season.

Garza, who averaged 24.1 points on the season, is the first Iowa player to win the award.

"I am forever thankful to the University of Iowa, Coach McCaffery, the rest of the coaching staff, my teammates, my family and the countless other people and coaches who have helped me along the way. This is not an individual honor but a team award, and I am so proud to be able to bring this award home to Iowa City. Thank you to the Atlanta Tipoff Club for this prestigious award and thank you to Naismith for changing my life and so many others with the game of basketball," said Garza in a statement.

Obi Toppin won the award last season. 

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Luka Garza Withdraws From Draft, Will Return To Iowa

Aug 2, 2020 3:45 PM

Luka Garza has withdrawn from the 2020 NBA Draft and will return to Iowa.

"I love this place too much to leave it," Garza said in a Sunday news conference.

Garza lost the two-man race for last season's Wooden Award and will be a projected national player of the year in 2021.

Garza, who recently received an invite to the NBA combine, said he "felt strongly" he would have been drafted and said he had offers in Europe.

"It's been really strange and difficult with COVID-19," Garza said. "It added a lot of uncertainty. At the end of the day, I felt very confident that I wanted to come back and finish my career at the University of Iowa."

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