Garza named National Player of the Week

One day after taking home Big Ten honors, Luka Garza was named Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week.


Katina Zentz

Iowa center Luka Garza reacts during the men's basketball game against Minnesota at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Monday, December 9, 2019. The Hawkeyes defeated the Gophers 72-52. Garza played 30 minutes during the game.

Robert Read, Assistant Sports Editor

One day after being named Big Ten Player of the Week, Iowa center Luka Garza became the first Hawkeye in program history to earn the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week accolade.

The national honor is voted upon by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Garza averaged 33.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, and shot 55 percent from the field in road games last week against Syracuse and No. 4 Michigan.

Garza scored a career-high 44 points last Friday in Ann Arbor. It was the most points scored in a game by an Iowa center and the third-most in program history. The 44 points were also the most points scored in a game by an opposing player in Crisler Center history.

The Hawkeye big man reached 1,000 career points against Michigan.

Garza’s 44 points are the most by a Big Ten player since Purdue’s Glenn Robinson scored 44 against Kansas in 1994.

On Dec. 3, Garza led Iowa to a win in the ACC/Big Ten/Challenge against Syracuse. Garza posted game bests in scoring (23) and rebounding (9).

Garza and the Hawkeyes next play at in-state rival Iowa State on Thursday at Hilton Coliseum in Ames.

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