Luka Garza 1st Hawkeye in 68 Years to Be Named 1st-Team AP All-American

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  1. RobHowe

    RobHowe Administrator

    Iowa's junior center only third player in program history to receive honor:

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  2. MelroseHawkins

    MelroseHawkins Well-Known Member

    Awesome. Sometimes we have to stop to realize how significant this is and the season he had.

    Add into that, Iowa had the women's last year as well with Megan G. Wow! That's amazing and unheard of. Wonder if that has ever happened before.
  3. revkev73

    revkev73 Well-Known Member

    Great accomplishment!

    Those deserving credit:

    Luka Garza, for having the desire to improve, and doing the work.

    Father of Luka Garza, for pushing Luka, and inspiring him to be better every day.

    CMAC for getting the ball to Luka at a nice rate.

    Tyler Cook, for not coming back (more shots and minutes for Luka)

    Isaiah Moss, for not coming back. (one less black hole)

    JB for being hurt (more shots for Luka)

    Joe Wieskamp (for competitively "locking up" the last part of the season, providing for more Luka Time)

    Fran, for giving Luka minutes and riding the diesel.
  4. Dadman

    Dadman Well-Known Member

    This is great, but I am curious, who were the 2 voters that did not vote 1st team?
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  5. HuckFinn

    HuckFinn Well-Known Member

    TK and FRY
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  6. EstronHawkKing

    EstronHawkKing Well-Known Member

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  7. HuckFinn

    HuckFinn Well-Known Member

  8. tksirius

    tksirius HN's Love Doctor

    I've been one of Garza's biggest fans since he first set foot on campus, but whatever floats your boat I guess.
  9. tksirius

    tksirius HN's Love Doctor

  10. Northside Hawk

    Northside Hawk Well-Known Member

    Agree with almost all of this but Luka was racking up 20/10 like clockwork well before Wiesy had his late season struggles.
  11. PCHawk

    PCHawk Well-Known Member

    Garza's feet are way too flat for him to ever be good. That might be the worst take in the history of this website.
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  12. revkev73

    revkev73 Well-Known Member

    Garza is a diesel engine, with the heart of a lion.

    Why do so few players seem to have this drive to be better, compete?

    And I am talking all levels of sports. In recruiting and drafting, you can't "read the heart" very well.

    Case in point...Todd Gurley...Rams...non-hacker with talent.
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  13. uihawk82

    uihawk82 Well-Known Member

    Congrats to Luka. And you make the very good reasoning for subbing in players/backups and finding out how they actually play in game situations instead of playing your starters all the time. My comment is somewhat pointed at the way Kirk F would not let backups hardly ever get game time but I think he is getting better at this.
  14. Iceman

    Iceman Well-Known Member

    Congrats to Garza and everyone who contributed to this monumental moment. Thanks for a great season, can't wait till next year. If JW and CJ get with Doyle....look out
  15. PCHawk

    PCHawk Well-Known Member

    Almost all D1 athletes have way more drive than the average person. You have to have elite drive to do what Garza does. If they all had elite drive, then no one would.
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  16. revkev73

    revkev73 Well-Known Member

    The "practice motor" is what makes elite athletes what they are: Brady, Kobe, Jordan, Sidney Crosby, Ben Hogan, et. al. None would tolerate "walking through" practice whether private or team. If you are making 10-20 million in endorsements...the "work meter" drops for most, I am here, why push myself too hard?

    Garza has that diesel motor. Wieskamp needs to adopt it, to learn how to dribble with both hands. CMAC needs to adopt it so he can shoot, with confidence. I think JT has that "diesel it" and I love to watch him play with such intensity and an ability to keep on going in the face of mistakes, and even after getting pulled from the game, being the most animated and supportive players watching from the bench.

    Two cents from afar, in isolation...
  17. RobHowe

    RobHowe Administrator

    Dates for remaining big Player of the Year Awards:

    AP: This Tuesday, March 24

    Naismith: April 5

    Wooden: April 10
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  18. atomicblue224

    atomicblue224 Well-Known Member

    I thought it means Take Care and Fry some catfish on the grill.
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  19. RobHowe

    RobHowe Administrator

    Oscar Robertson Trophy is April 13
  20. RobHowe

    RobHowe Administrator

    IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) announced its first-team All-America team on Monday, which included University of Iowa junior Luka Garza.

    Garza becomes the first Hawkeye in program history to be voted to the first team since 1957, the first year that the USBWA recognized All-Americans. Former Hawkeye Jarrod Uthoff was a second team honoree by the USBWA in 2016.

    The USBWA is one of four outlets used by the NCAA to determine its consensus All-America teams (AP, National Association of Basketball Coaches, USBWA, and Sporting News). Garza was named to the first-team All-America squad by Sporting News and Associated Press in recent weeks with the NABC expected to make their announcement later this week. Garza looks to join former Hawkeyes Murray Wier (1948) and Charles Darling (1952) as consensus first team All-Americans.

    Five major news outlets have already named Garza as its national player of the year: Sporting News, Basketball Times, Stadium, Bleacher Report, and ESPN. Garza is the first Iowa men’s basketball player to earn national player of the year distinction. Additionally, Garza has been named first team All-America by every major news outlet.

    The Washington, D.C., native is also a finalist for five national awards: Naismith Trophy, Oscar Robertson Trophy, Wooden Award, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, and the Lute Olson Award.

    Garza (740 points and 305 rebounds) is one of three Big Ten players to ever to total 740+ points and 300+ rebounds in a single-season (Purdue’s Glenn Robinson in 1994 and Purdue’s Joe Barry Carroll in 1979). He ranked second nationally with 12 20-point/10-rebound performances, 20-point games (25); third in total field goals made (287) and points per 40 minutes played (29.8), fifth in scoring (23.9), 10th in 30-point games (5), 19th in double-doubles (15) and offensive rebounds per game (3.58), and 34th in rebounding (9.8). His 15 double-doubles are third most in a single-season by a Hawkeye in three decades and the most since 2002 (Reggie Evans, 18). Garza averaged 26.7 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks in 12 games against AP ranked opponents in 2019-20, including recording 11 straight 20-point performances, the longest streak by any player since UConn’s Kemba Walker in 2011.

    The Big Ten and USBWA District VI Player of the Year, finished the 20-game conference schedule averaging 26.2 points per game, becoming the first player to average at least 26 points in Big Ten play since Purdue's Glenn Robinson in 1994 (31.1 ppg). Garza scored a school-record 740 points this season, breaking the program's 50-year old record previously set by John Johnson in 1970. He scored 20 points or more in a school-record 16 straight Big Ten games, the longest streak by any player in the Big Ten since Ohio State's Dennis Hopson 16 in 1987.

    Garza is the only Big Ten player to register seven 25-point/10-rebound performances in the same season in more than 17 years. He has produced the two highest point totals in a game by a Big Ten player this season (44 at Michigan; 38 at Indiana).

    LUKA GARZA HONORS (2019-20)

    Sporting News, Basketball Times, Stadium, Bleacher Report, and ESPN National Player of the Year

    • Dick Vitale, Seth Davis, Andy Katz’s National Player of the Year

    Sporting News, USBWA, AP, CBS, NBC, ESPN, Stadium, USA Today, The Athletic First-Team All-America
    • Big Ten Men's Basketball Player of the Year
    • USBWA District VI Player of the Year

    • Naismith Trophy Finalist
    • Wooden Award National Ballot
    • Oscar Robertson Player of the Year Trophy Semifinalist
    • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award Finalist
    • Lute Olson Award Top 30