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ITLR Boy’s Basketball Top 25: No. 9 Luka Garza

The Iowa signee is a center that can score inside and out. What not to like?

Player: Luka Garza

Class: 2017

School: Maret

Position: Center

Recruiting Status: Signed with Iowa

Coming in at No. 9 in the ITLR Top 25 rankings is Maret’s big man Luka Garza. The Iowa signee is rated a four-star and ranked the second best player in D.C. by 247sports. Garza averaged 25 points per game for Maret during the winter and tallied 10 points for Team Takeover in the Nike EYBL.

Prior to his commitment, Garza held offers from Louisville, Georgetown, Georgia, Indiana, George Washington, Notre Dame and others. The 6-foot-11 prospect can cause problems for opponents with his ability to stretch the floor on offense.

Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery adores Garza’s ability to stretch the floor and is happy that he is a Hawkeye.

“I saw him two years ago now and fell in love with his game,” McCaffery told the Gazette. “He’s a rare combination of a guy with a really good low-post game who can stretch the floor and make 3s and who understands how to compete on every possession, and that’s a rare combination when you get a guy who is 6-10 and a 7-3 wingspan and can stretch the floor and play smash mouth inside. Up-and-unders and jump hooks, and those kinds of moves, you don’t see a lot of that anymore. He’s effective.”

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