2021 Winners

Luka Garza

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Iowa’s first two-time unanimous consensus first-team All-American, Garza was a Wooden Award Finalist and All-American last season as well.

Garza led the nationally-ranked Hawkeyes to 22 victories and a third place Big Ten finish in 2021. The Washington, D.C., native led the nation in total points (747), player efficiency rating (35.84), 30-point games (8), field goals made (281), and 20-point games (22). Garza ranked second nationally in points per game (24.1), fifth in free throw attempts (199), 10th in free throw makes (141), and 11th in double-doubles (13). His 747 points extended the single-season school record he set last season (740).

The two-time Big Ten Player of the Year broke Iowa’s 32-year old scoring record held by Roy Marble on Feb. 21, 2021. He finished his Hawkeye career with 2,306 points, which ranks seventh-best in Big Ten history. In addition to ranking first in career scoring, Garza is tops at Iowa in 30-point games (13), conference scoring (1,399), field goals made (870), field goal attempts (1,594), and 40-point games (2); second in rebounds (931); fourth in double-doubles (34); fifth in blocked shots (154); sixth in free throw makes (446) and attempts (636); and 16th in 3-pointers made (120). He is the only men’s basketball player in Big Ten history to accumulate 2,250 points and 900 rebounds.

In his final game as a Hawkeye, Garza poured in 36 points and cleared nine rebounds. The 36 points are the most points scored by any Division I player in the 2021 NCAA Tournament and ties Bill Logan’s school record set against Temple 65 years ago on March 22, 1956.

 


Paige Bueckers

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First freshman to earn the Wooden Award ... led Huskies in points, assists, steals and three-point field goal percentage ... two-time BIG EAST Player of the Week (2/8, 2/15) ... eight-time BIG EAST Freshman of the Week (12/14, 12/21, 1/4, 1/11, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15) ... has scored in double digits in 28 games this season, including 14 20-point games ... notched 28 points and three steals vs. Baylor (3/29) ... posted 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists vs. Iowa (3/27) ... had 20 points and five rebounds vs. Syracuse (3/23) ... posted 24 points, nine rebounds, six assists and four steals vs. High Point (3/21) ... scored 23 points vs. Marquette (3/8) ... posted 18 points and eight assists vs. Villanova (3/7) ... notched 17 points vs. St. John's (3/6) ... scored 20 points and added UConn single-game record 14 assists and seven rebounds at Butler (2/27) ... posted 20 points on 8-for-10 shooting and nine assists at St. John's (2/17) ... had 19 points and nine assists at Georgetown (2/12) ... tallied 23 points vs. Seton Hall (2/10) ... posted 31 points, five assists and six steals vs. South Carolina (2/8) ... scored 30 points on 66.7 shooting at Marquette (2/5) ... set season high with 32 points on 13-for-20 shooting, including 5-for-6 from three and added seven assists vs. St. John's (2/3) ... notched first career double-double with 22 points and 12 assists at DePaul (12/31) ... scored 27 points at Arkansas (1/28) ... posted nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists at Tennessee (1/21) ... notched 23 points on 8-for-10 shooting with five assists and four rebounds vs. Providence (1/9) ... scored 18 points and added six rebounds and four steals vs. DePaul (12/29) ... posted 19 points, six rebounds and five assists at Villanova (12/22) ... had s nine assists and 19 points vs. Xavier (12/19) ... scored 25 points at Seton Hall (12/15) ... made collegiate debut with 17 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five steals vs. UMass Lowell (12/12).

 

 

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