Former Hawkeye men’s basketball center Luka Garza wins 2020-21 Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year

Garza was the 2020-21 men’s basketball consensus National Player of the Year.


Shivansh Ahuja

Iowa center Luka Garza looks to pass during a men’s basketball game between Iowa and Wisconsin at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Sunday, March 7, 2021. The Hawkeyes, celebrating senior day, defeated the Badgers, 77-73.

Chloe Peterson, Summer Sports Editor

Former Hawkeye center Luka Garza has been named the 2020-21 Jesse Owens Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year, the conference announced Wednesday afternoon.

Garza was the Hawkeye men’s basketball program’s first-ever consensus National Player of the Year, sweeping all major postseason awards: Wooden, Naismith, Associated Press, Oscar Robertson, NABC, Lute Olson, and Sporting News awards.

Garza is the fifth Hawkeye in Iowa Athletics history to earn the Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year award, and the first men’s basketball player. Former Iowa wrestlers Brent Metcalf (2008) Barry Davis (1985) and Ed Banach (1983) have won the award, along with former Hawkeye quarterback Chuck Long in 1986.

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The consensus 2020-21 National Player of the Year led NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball with 747 total points, eight 30-point games, 281 made field goals, and 22 20-point games.

In February, Garza broke former Hawkeye Roy Marble’s 32-year-old scoring record and finished his Hawkeye career with 2,306 total points.

After graduating with a degree in economics in May, Garza entered the NBA Draft. He participated in the NBA Draft Combine June 21-27. The NBA Draft will be held July 29 in Chicago, Illinois.

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