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Iowa’s Garza named AP First-Team All-American

IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) -- University of Iowa junior, Luka Garza has been named first-team All-America by the Associated Press.

Garza becomes just the third Iowa men's basketball player, and first in nearly seven decades, to be voted to the five player team. He earned 63 first-team votes from the 65-person media voting panel.

The Associated Press is one of four outlets used by the NCAA to determine its consensus All-America teams (AP, National Association of Basketball Coaches, United States Basketball Writers Association, and Sporting News). Garza was named to the first-team All-America squad by Sporting News last week. The USBWA and the NABC are expected to make their announcements next week.

Garza joins Murray Wier (1948) and Charles Darling (1952) as the only Hawkeyes named AP First-Team All-Americans.

Five major news outlets have already named Garza national player of the year: Sporting NewsBasketball TimesStadiumBleacher Report, and ESPN.

Garza 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 ranked second nationally this season in 20-point/10-rebound games (12) and 20-point games (25). He finished the season fifth nationally, averaging 23.9 points per game. He averaged 26.7 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks in 12 games against AP ranked opponents, including 11 straight 20-point performances, the longest streak by any player since 2011.

Garza scored a school-record 740 points this season, breaking the program's 50-year old record set by John Johnson in 1970. He also 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 1987.

Garza produced the two highest point totals in a game by a Big Ten player this season (44 at Michigan; 38 at Indiana).

Trevor Oates

Executive Producer

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