Player of the Year Basketball

FILE – Iowa center Luka Garza (55) drives to the basket against Michigan State forward Marcus Bingham Jr., right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Iowa City, Iowa, in this Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, file photo. Garza was named The Associated Press men’s basketball player of the year on Thursday, April 1.

LOS ANGELES — Luka Garza of Iowa has won the John R. Wooden Award as the nation’s top men’s college basketball player.

The award presented by the Los Angeles Athletic Club was announced Tuesday on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”

It was Garza’s fourth player-of-the-year award. He collected honors from The Associated Press as well as trophies named for Oscar Robertson and Lute Olson.

Garza led the nation in total points (747), 30-point games (eight) and field goals made (281). He ranked second nationally in scoring with 24.1 points. The two-time Big Ten player of the year finished his career with 2,306 points, which ranked seventh in conference history.

Garza is the first winner from the Big Ten since Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky in 2015. The Hawkeyes lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Voting took place from March 15-22 by a national panel that covers the sport.

Paige Bueckers of UConn won the women’s Wooden Award.

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