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Iowa’s Luka Garza adds Naismith Award to trophy haul

Jan 29, 2021; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes center Luka Garza (55) drives against Illinois Fighting Illini center Kofi Cockburn (21) during the first half at the State Farm Center. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 29, 2021; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes center Luka Garza (55) drives against Illinois Fighting Illini center Kofi Cockburn (21) during the first half at the State Farm Center. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa star Luka Garza added another prestigious honor Saturday as the winner of the 2020-21 Naismith Award, presented to the best player in college basketball.

The 6-foot-11 senior center’s previous honors include Associated Press Player of the Year, Big Ten Player of the Year, National Association of Basketball Coaches Player of the Year and the Oscar Robertson Trophy.

Garza is the first Iowa player to win the Naismith Trophy, presented annually since 1969 by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

Garza averaged 24.1 points per game, second in the nation behind Oral Roberts’ Max Abmas (24.5). Garza also grabbed 8.7 rebounds per game, shot 55.3 percent from the floor — his fourth consecutive season over 50 percent — and made 44 of his 100 3-point attempts.

He helped the Hawkeyes go 22-9 and earn a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, where they were knocked out in the second round by seventh-seeded Oregon.

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–Field Level Media