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Iowa's Garza heads list of notable seniors in 2020-21 season

By The Associated Press
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Iowa forward Luka Garza could have heard his name called in Wednesday night’s NBA draft. Instead, he opted for the uncertainty of playing a final college basketball season amid a pandemic.

After boosting his stock with an outstanding junior season that got cut short, Garza heads the list of star seniors gearing up for the 2020-21 campaign.

“At the end of the day, I feel like the teams that like me this year will like me next year and will like me even more because I’ve put in a lot of work this summer and will continue to put in work and I’m always improving my game,” Garza said when he made his announcement. “It was a question that people had, if I could improve my stock any more. For me, that’s not a question. I’m always confident in myself. I feel every summer I make strides and improve my game in some way.”

Garza was the Big Ten player of the year and runner-up to Dayton’s Obi Toppin, who entered the draft, in last season’s Associated Press player of the year voting.

The 6-foot-11 forward averaged 23.9 points and 9.8 rebounds per game to join Purdue’s Joe Barry Carroll (1979) and Glenn Robinson (1994) as the only Big Ten players with at least 740 points and 300 rebounds in a single season. He was the first player since Ohio State’s Dennis Hopson in 1987 to score 20-plus points in 16 straight Big Ten games.

Garza's return catapulted Iowa to the No. 5 spot in the AP Top 25, its highest preseason ranking since opening the year No. 4 in 1955-56.

“The team that we could have and the potential, the history we could make is something that years from now I would have regretted not being a part of,” Garza said. “That definitely played a part.”

Garza, an AP preseason All-America selection, is one of several notable players who decided to return for their senior seasons after the coronavirus pandemic wiped out the 2020 NCAA Tournament. Here’s a rundown of some other seniors who bear watching.

NORTH CAROLINA F GARRISON BROOKS

Brooks leads the 16th-ranked Tar Heels after being named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s most improved player last season. The 6-10 forward averaged 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds, up from 7.9 points and 5.6 rebounds as a sophomore. He averaged 18.8 points in ACC competition and became the first North Carolina player since Tyler Hansbrough in 2008 to have the ACC’s top scoring average in league games.

DAYTON G JALEN CRUTCHER

Crutcher heads into his fourth season as the Flyers’ starting point guard. The 6-1 guard averaged 15.1 points and 4.9 assists and went 72 of 170 (42.4%) from 3-point range last season to help Dayton go 29-2. The Flyers were ranked third in the Top 25 when the season ended.

KANSAS G MARCUS GARRETT

Garrett averaged 9.2 points last season, but his biggest contributions come on the other end of the floor. The 6-5 guard was named the Naismith national defensive player of the year. He has the ability to guard any position for the sixth-ranked Jayhawks. Garrett had a Big 12-leading 4.7 assists as well as 1.8 steals per game last season. He had 2.7 times as many assists as turnovers.

VILLANOVA G COLLIN GILLESPIE

This 6-3 guard averaged 15.1 points, 4.5 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals last season. Gillespie had 2.3 times as many assists as turnovers. He was a unanimous first-team selection on the preseason all-Big East team and figures to lead the third-ranked Wildcats’ backcourt.

GONZAGA F COREY KISPERT

The 6-foot-7 Kispert earned preseason AP All-America honors as he begins his final season with the top-ranked Bulldogs. Kispert averaged 13.9 points last season and shot 78 of 178 (43.8%) from 3-point range. He was named one of five finalists for the Julius Erving small forward of the year award.

ARIZONA STATE G REMY MARTIN

Martin is an AP All-America preseason selection who earned first-team all-Pac-12 notice last year. The 6-foot Martin averaged 19.1 points and 4.1 assists per game as a junior. His return helped No. 18 Arizona State make only its second preseason appearance in the AP Top 25 over the last 29 years.

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