Garza wins Wood to comb top-player honors

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One 12 months after ending second in a decent race, Iowa star Luka Garza added one other award to his trophy case Tuesday by successful the John R. Wood Award as the highest participant in males’s school basketball.

Garza, a 6-foot-11 senior standout, secured the award and accomplished the sweep of the main nationwide participant of the 12 months awards in 2020-21 after ending behind Dayton‘s Obi Toppin in final 12 months’s Wood Award race. It is the fourth nationwide participant of the 12 months award for Garza, who beforehand captured the Oscar Robertson Trophy (United States Basketball Writers Affiliation), the Naismith Trophy and Related Press Participant of the Yr honors.

Garza, a projected second-round choose in ESPN’s newest NBA mock draft, averaged 24.1 factors, 8.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 2020-21. The Washington, D.C., native received the Wood over fellow finalists Jared Butler (Baylor), Cade Cunningham (Oklahoma State), Ayo Dosunmu (Illinois) and Corey Kispert (Gonzaga). He was persistently dominant, scoring 20 factors or extra in 22 video games this season.

After a powerful junior marketing campaign, Garza entered the NBA draft course of earlier than ultimately withdrawing his identify as a result of uncertainty about his standing, as exercises had been interrupted by the pandemic. Garza additionally expressed a need to pursue a nationwide championship with an Iowa program that entered the season as a top-10 program.

Iowa misplaced to Oregon within the second spherical of the NCAA match final month.

Garza improved in quite a lot of key classes this season. He made 44% of his 3-point makes an attempt a 12 months after connecting on 36%. His free throw share jumped from 65% to 71%. The Hawkeyes made 39% of their 3-point makes an attempt this season with Garza on the ground, based on hooplens.com.

Iowa just lately introduced that it’ll retire Garza’s No. 55.