Iowa Hawkeyes’ Luka Garza Continues to Dominate – Wins His Second ‘Player of the Week’ of the Season

Published 12/15/2020, 10:41 AM EST
Dec 11, 2020; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes center Luka Garza (55) reacts after hitting a three point basket during the second half against the Iowa State Cyclones at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports


The Iowa Hawkeyes were ranked fifth in the preseason AP Poll, only because of one man: Luka Garza. He dropped out of the 2020 NBA Draft to help the Hawkeyes win their first-ever NCAA title. And so far, he has been on a mission.

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Garza just won his second Big Ten Conference Player of the Week in three weeks. In three games against North Carolina, Iowa State, and Northern Illinois, he averaged 24.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks. With this massive performance, he helped the Hawkeyes to continue their unbeaten run, and they are currently 6-0.

Dec 11, 2020; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes center Luka Garza (55) shoots the ball over Iowa State Cyclones forward Solomon Young (33) during the first half at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Luka Garza: Man among boys

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From the time he announced that he will play his senior year at Iowa, Garza has been the favorite for the Naismith Player of the Year award. Standing at 6’11, he is taller than most of his counterparts. So he is already towering over defenses. He makes the most out of this and is a threat down low.

Garza’s post game is incredible, and he gives defenses no chance as he muscles through them to finish at the rim. His offensive rebounding is excellent, and that gives him a good chance to get second-chance points for Iowa.

His post play is so good that one may mistake him for a traditional center. But this season, he has been a sniper from three too. So far, he is averaging a ridiculous 68% from three, while taking 3.2 attempts per game.

Not only is Garza an offensive juggernaut, but his rim protection is also on an elite level. He currently averages 2.2 blocks per game and has been impressive on the defensive end as well.

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Can Garza help the Hawkeyes to continue their unbeaten run?

The Hawkeyes are currently an average of 100 points per game and have the second best offense in the country. So far, they have faced only one ranked opponent in UNC, and now their toughest test awaits them on December 19, as they travel to Sioux Falls to take on Gonzaga.

This is also going to be the most exciting game of the season so far, as the #1 ranked Bulldogs face the #3 ranked Hawkeyes. This will be Garza’s opportunity to show out and lead Iowa to the win.

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Dec 3, 2020; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes center Luka Garza (55) and guard Joe Wieskamp (10) and guard CJ Fredrick (5) and guard Jordan Bohannon (3) come off the court during the second half against the Western Illinois Leathernecks at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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