‘That’s How We’re Effective’- Iowa Hawkeyes Star Luka Garza Reveals What Drew Him Back For His Senior Year

Published 01/21/2021, 12:57 PM EST
Dec 13, 2020; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes center Luka Garza (55) controls the ball against the Northern Illinois Huskies during the first half at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports


Luka Garza is one of the best players in the NCAA this year. Many consider him a shoo-in for Naismith College Player of the Year. Especially after his loss to Obi Toppin last season.

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However, Toppin turned that award into becoming a lottery selection in the 2020 NBA Draft, while Garza returned to Iowa for another season. That was odd to many, but others also understood, given Garza’s projection as a second-round pick. Garza has openly revealed the reasons for his return to the Hawkeyes this season, and they are pretty solid.

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“It’s been amazing. Honestly, I’m just really lucky to be with such a great group of guys, and that’s the reason I came back. To be a part of this team.

“When you look at our team, we have the most unselfish group I have ever been a part of. We move the ball around and that’s how we’re effective. I’m very lucky to be a part of this program and a part of this team.”

Luka Garza: Why not go to the NBA?

Luka Garza may have his reasons to return to college basketball, but many still wonder why. He gave up the opportunity to sign an NBA contract to stay in college, which is unlike most players. He has given the basketball reasons for it, but that isn’t where this story ends.

Jan 10, 2021; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes center Luka Garza (55) reacts with guard Jordan Bohannon (3) against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the first half at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Despite his tremendous talent, Garza is not a highly touted prospect. Many assume that he has already reached his ceiling at the age of 22.

Along with that, Garza’s numbers are often credited with being as spectacular as they are because Garza gets to dominate other players younger than him in college.

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The game changes quickly in the NBA, and many scouts have assumed that Garza may not be able to go through that change.

While he definitely will enter the 2021 NBA Draft and have an NBA career, his longevity and success will always have this caveat behind them.

We have seen a former ‘College Player of the Year’ go in the 2nd-round in Jalen Brunson. Does the same fate await Garza? Only time will tell.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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