It’s been a good basketball year for guys named Luka.
Dallas Mavericks second-year point guard Luka Doncic has developed into one of the best players in the NBA. The 20-year-old guard is averaging 29 points, 9.6 rebounds and 8.6 assists per game for the Mavs, who are 34-23 on the season.
Iowa Hawkeyes big man Luka Garza, meanwhile, might be the best player in college basketball. The junior center from Washington, D.C. has been dominating the Big Ten.
Garza, a 6-foot-11 center, is averaging 23.7 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game on 55.8 percent shooting. He’s been an unstoppable force for much of the 2019-20 season.
ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale is certainly a fan. The veteran ESPN analyst has tabbed Garza as his favorite for the National Player of the Year awards.
“He’s been on fire for Iowa,” Vitale said on Saturday.
— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) February 23, 2020
It’s hard to argue with that pick. Few players, if any, have been as dominant as Garza has in conference play.
Iowa, 19-8 on the year, is coming off a home win over Ohio State. The Hawkeyes will take on Michigan State (18-9) in a crucial Big Ten game on Tuesday night.