INDIANAPOLIS (USBWA) – Iowa center Luka Garza,
a unanimous All-America selection and the nation's leader in total
points and field goals made, has been named the winner of the
Oscar Robertson Trophy as the National Player of
the Year in voting by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
The senior from Washington, D.C., was honored in a virtual presentation
in conjunction with the men's Final Four in Indianapolis.
The 6-11, 265-pounder is a two-time First Team USBWA All-American
after leading the nation in total points (747), field goals made
(281), 30-point games (8) and 20-point games (22). He is fifth nationally
in free throw attempts (199), 10th in free throw makes (141) and
tied for 11th in double-doubles (13). His 747 points extended the
single-season school record he set last season.
Garza earned the Trophy over two other finalists, junior guard
Ayo Dosunmu of Illinois and senior forward Corey Kispert of Gonzaga.
Iowa ranked consistently among the top 10 teams in the national
polls throughout the 2020-21 season behind Garza, the District VI
Player of the Year who repeated as the Big Ten's Player of the Year,
becoming only the third player in conference history to win the
award in consecutive seasons. The Hawkeyes closed at 22-9, falling
to Oregon 95-80 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament despite
36 points from Garza, who tied a 65-year-old school record for points
in an NCAA Tournament game on 14-of-20 shooting from the field with
Iowa's career scoring leader and only its second USBWA All-American
(Jarrod Uthof in 2015-16), Garza is the school's first Oscar Robertson
Trophy winner and the first from the Big Ten since Wisconsin's Frank
Kaminsky in the 2014-15 season. He is the eighth player and the
ninth overall honoree from the Big Ten. Following a 15-year hiatus
between 1995-2009, the Big Ten has now claimed four of the last
Garza was a unanimous All-American as determined by the four
major awarding organizations: the USBWA, Associated Press, NABC
and The Sporting News.
The Oscar Robertson Trophy is voted on by the entire membership
of the association, which consists of more than 900 journalists.
It is the nation's oldest award. "The Big O" won the USBWA's first
two national player of the year awards in 1959 and 1960 and was
the consensus national player of the year as a sophomore in 1958,
the year before USBWA started giving its player of the year award.
The USBWA renamed the award the Oscar Robertson Trophy in 1998.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at
the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some
900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations
in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since
the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and its award
programs, contact executive director Malcolm Moran at 814-574-1485.
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