IOWA CITY, Iowa – After Iowa’s overtime loss to TCU in the NIT Sunday, the Hawkeyes and their fans looked forward to what they believed was a bright future. The team started three freshmen and a sophomore.

The optimism doesn’t end with what Iowa returns, however. Players set to arrive in the coming years add to the positive outlook.

A pair of those recruits claimed Gatorade Player of the Year Awards Monday morning. Senior Luka Garza earned the honor for Washington, D.C. Joe Wieskamp, a junior at Muscatine High, captured the laurels for the state of Iowa.

Garza (6-11, 230) averaged 24.6 points, 11.7 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.1 assists a game in his final season at the Maret School. In last week’s Crab Ball Classic, which pits D.C. all-stars against their counterparts from Baltimore, he took home MVP honors with 27 points and 13 boards in a winning effort.

Wieskamp averaged a state-best 30.4 points a game in leading Muscatine to the substate finals where it lost to eventual Class 4A champion Iowa City West. The 6-foot-6 junior also contributed 10.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.8 steals per outing.

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Garza is part of a three-player recruiting class scheduled to join the Hawkeyes this summer. Indiana forward Jack Nunge and Iowa City West guard Connor McCaffery, the son of head coach Fran McCaffery, round out the group.

Dom Uhl is the lone senior on next season’s Iowa team. Wieskamp is tabbed to fill Uhl’s scholarship as the only member of the 2018 Class as things stand right now.

A 50-point outburst against Burlington ranked as Wieskamp’s season high. He posted four games of 40 points or more. He was ineligible for the state’s Mr. Basketball award, which goes to a senior.

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Garza saw his recruiting stock rise during his junior season and the summer that followed. He chose Iowa, the first school to offer him a scholarship, ahead of opportunities from Georgetown, Georgia, Indiana, Louisville, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and many others.

Rivals views Garza as the 117th best player nationally in the ’17 class. The 247 network lists him at 110, while ESPN sees him at 100.

Wieskamp checks in at No. 43 nationally on the Rivals Top 150 for ’18. Scout puts him at No. 48, 247 at 41 and ESPN at 45.