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Iowa’s Luka Garza denied Wooden Award as Dayton’s Obi Toppin takes home honor

Iowa’s Luka Garza denied Wooden Award as Dayton’s Obi Toppin takes home honor

Robert Read, Sports Editor

April 7, 2020

On the same day he was named the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award winner for being the nation's best center, Iowa's Luka Garza was denied the John R. Wooden Award, which was given to Dayton's Obi Toppin. Toppin had previously been named the Naismith Trophy winner and the Associated Press' men's Playe...

Luka Garza named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year

Luka Garza named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year

Robert Read, Sports Editor

April 7, 2020

Iowa junior Luka Garza has been named the recipient of the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award. The announcement was made Tuesday by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Named after the three-time NCAA Champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the annual honor in its sixth year recognizes the t...

Iowa forward Cordell Pemsl to transfer

Iowa forward Cordell Pemsl to transfer

Robert Read, Sports Editor

April 3, 2020

Iowa redshirt junior forward Cordell Pemsl announced on Friday that he has submitted his name in the NCAA transfer portal and will depart the Hawkeye basketball program. “I would like to thank my teammates, coaches, and fans for a memorable four years at the University of Iowa,” Pemsl said ...

Dayton’s Obi Toppin tops Luka Garza for Naismith Award

Dayton’s Obi Toppin tops Luka Garza for Naismith Award

Robert Read, Sports Editor

April 3, 2020

Dayton's Obi Toppin has been named the 2019-20 Naismith Men's Player of the Year, earning the award over Iowa's Luka Garza. Toppin had already been named AP Player of the Year on March 24, taking 34 of the 64 votes. Garza finished in second for that award with 24 votes. With Toppin leading the w...

McCaffery earns DI Coach of the Year

McCaffery earns DI Coach of the Year

Pete Ruden, Pregame Editor

April 1, 2020

Perhaps no head coach in Big Ten men’s basketball did more with less this season than Iowa’s Fran McCaffery. That’s why McCaffery earned The Daily Iowan’s Coach of the Year. Despite suffering a 15-point loss to DePaul in the Hawkeyes’ third game of the season and contending with injuries ...

Luka Garza becomes first Iowa men’s basketball player to earn Wooden Award All-America recognition

Luka Garza becomes first Iowa men’s basketball player to earn Wooden Award All-America recognition

Robert Read, Sports Editor

April 1, 2020

Luka Garza is the first Iowa men's basketball player to be named to the John Wooden Award All-America Team. The announcement was made on Wednesday by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Joining Garza on the elite squad is Udoka Azubuike (Kansas), Devon Dotson (Kansas), Malachi Flynn (San Diego State...

Garza named DI’s Male Athlete of the Year

Garza named DI’s Male Athlete of the Year

Robert Read, Sports Editor

March 31, 2020

After averaging 13.1 points in his sophomore season, Iowa’s Luka Garza emerged as one of the best players across all of college basketball his junior year. For that, Garza is The Daily Iowan’s 2019-20 Male Athlete of the Year. Garza averaged 23.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per gam...

Spring-sport athletes to receive extra year of eligibility, winter-sport athletes denied

Spring-sport athletes to receive extra year of eligibility, winter-sport athletes denied

Pete Ruden, Pregame Editor

March 30, 2020

It's been a tough and unprecedented time for student-athletes who compete at the Division I level. On Monday, some received some good news while others did not. The NCAA Division I Council approved a blanket waiver for all spring-sport athletes to receive an extra year of eligibility after...

Garza named Big Man of the Year

Garza named Big Man of the Year

Austin Hanson, Assistant Sports Editor

March 30, 2020

The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced Monday morning that Iowa center Luka Garza had won the Pete Newell Big Man of the Year award. The annual honor is given to the nation's best post player. Garza is the first Hawkeye to win the award, and just the fifth Big Ten player to accomplish...

Garza earns consensus All-American status, comes in second for AP Player of the Year

Garza earns consensus All-American status, comes in second for AP Player of the Year

Robert Read, Sports Editor

March 24, 2020

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced its first-team All-America team on Tuesday, which included Iowa center Luka Garza. Garza has earned consensus first-team All-America status as a result of being voted to All-American first teams by the NABC, Sporting News, AP, and United...

Garza, Doyle named USBWA All-Americans

Garza, Doyle named USBWA All-Americans

Robert Read, Sports Editor

March 23, 2020

Iowa men's basketball's Luka Garza and women's basketball's Kathleen Doyle were both announced as All-Americans by the United States Basketball Writers Association on Monday. Garza was named to the first team, while Doyle earned third-team honors. Garza becomes the first Hawkeye in program histo...

Garza named AP First-Team All-American

Garza named AP First-Team All-American

Robert Read, Sports Editor

March 20, 2020

Iowa junior Luka Garza has been named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press, earning 63 first-team votes from the 65-person voting panel. Garza is just the third Hawkeye men's basketball player, and the first in nearly seven decades, to be voted first-team All-America by the Assoc...