IOWA CITY, Iowa — For the third time this season, University of Iowa men’s basketball All-American Luka Garza has been recognized by the Big Ten Conference Office for his weekly performance. Garza and Ohio State’s Duane Washington Jr. shared Big Ten Player of the Week honors on Monday.
Garza, who was also tabbed the Naismith Trophy Player of the Week, helped lead the nationally-ranked Hawkeyes to a pair of victories last week over No. 21 Wisconsin (77-62) and Penn State (74-68). The All-American averaged 26.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, two assists, and one block in the two contests.
The native of Washington, D.C., became Iowa’s all-time leading scorer in its last outing against Penn State on Sunday. Garza broke the school’s 32-year old record held by Roy Marble. Garza’s layup with 8:18 remaining in the second half was the record-breaking basket. Garza recorded his 31st career double-double and team-leading 10th of the season, totaling 23 points and 11 rebounds, against the Nittany Lions.
Garza (6-foot-11, 265 pounds) totaled 30 points and eight rebounds against the Badgers last Thursday. He was 11-of-19 (.579) from the field, including a blistering 4-of-6 (.667) from 3-point territory. The 15-point victory (77-62) at Wisconsin is its largest margin of victory in Madison since a 15-point win over the Badgers on Jan. 25, 1988; its 77 points are the most scored by a Hawkeye team at the Kohl Center since a 79-76 win on Feb. 3, 1998.
GARZA SENIOR CLASS AWARD FINALIST: Garza is one of 10 NCAA men’s basketball finalists for the 2020-21 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate basketball.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character, and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2021 NCAA Men’s Final Four.
Garza is on the Wooden Award Late-Season Top 20, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award Top 10, Lute Olson Award Mid-Season Top 35, and Naismith Player of the Year Award watch lists. Last season, Garza was recognized as the National Player of the Year by six national media outlets, the Pete Newell Big Man and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year, Big Ten Player of the Year, and District VI Player of the Year.
2021 Senior CLASS Award Men's Basketball Finalists
Manny Camper, Siena
Ross Cummings, Mercer
Cam Davis, United States Naval Academy
Marcus Garrett, Kansas
Luka Garza, IOWA
Colin Gillespie, Villanova
Corey Kispert, Gonzaga
Cameron Krutwig, Loyola (IL)
Oscar da Silva, Stanford University
Justin Turner, Bowling Green State
CLARK AGAIN B1G'S TOP FRESHMAN: Iowa freshman Caitlin Clark was named Big Ten Women’s Basketball Freshman of the Week and Player of the Week Honor Roll, the conference announced Monday.
Clark has tallied 18 Big Ten Weekly honors on the season, including a Big Ten record 11 freshman honors, four Big Ten Player of the Week honors, and three Player of the Week Honor Roll nods. Minnesota’s Amanda Zahui B. is the only other freshman to earn four Player of the Week nods. Her four Big Ten Player of the Week honors as a freshman are believed to be the NCAA record.
Clark recorded her fourth consecutive and eighth total 30-point game of the season in Iowa’s, 96-78, win over Penn State. Her eight 30-point games are the most this season by any student-athlete in NCAA Division I women’s basketball and most by a freshman since the 2009-10 season when Oral Roberts' Kevi Luper and Delaware's Elena Delle Donne accomplished the feat.
The West Des Moines, Iowa, native filled her stat line against the Nittany Lions with seven assists, six rebounds, a steal, and a block.
Clark now ranks second on Iowa’s all-time freshman scoring list with 485 points, second on the 3-pointers made list with 63, and third on the assists list with 119 on the season. The scoring and 3-point record holder is Jaime Printy with 501 points and 82, 3-pointers during the 2009-10 season, and the assist record holder is Kathleen Doyle (1016-17) with 148. Clark is the only Iowa freshman to record 400-plus points, 100-plus rebounds, and 100-plus assists in a season.
Clark and the Hawkeyes travel to College Park, Maryland, to take on the No. 8/10 Terrapins on Tuesday, Feb. 23 inside Xfinity Center. Tipoff is set for noon (CT) on Big Ten Network.
MEN'S HOOPS BACK IN THE TOP 10: After a two-week absence, the Hawkeye men's hoops squad moved back into the Associated Press Top 10. Iowa checked in at No. 9, up two spots from the last poll.
The Hawkeyes (17-6 overall, 11-5 Big Ten) won at Wisconsin and at home against Penn State last week. They were scheduled to play at No. 3 Michigan this Thursday and at fourth-ranked Ohio State Sunday.