By John Bohnenkamp
Iowa center Luka Garza was the lone unanimous selection to the Associated Press All-America team, released Wednesday.
Garza, the first Iowa men’s basketball player named as a preseason AP All-American, received all 64 votes. He was joined on the team by Baylor’s Jared Butler, Cade Cunningham of Oklahoma State, Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu, Corey Kispert of Gonzaga and Arizona State’s Remy Martin.
Garza, who was named the Big Ten’s preseason player of the year on Monday, scored a school-record 740 points last season. He closed the season with 16 games of 20 points or more in Big Ten play, the longest streak in the conference since 1987.
Garza was a national player of the year selection by six national news outlets last season. He averaged 26.2 points in Big Ten play, and 26.7 points in game against teams ranked in the AP’s Top 25.
Garza was a unanimous selection to the preseason All-Big Ten teams. He was also named a preseason All-American by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and CBS Sports.
(Photo: Luka Garza throws down a dunk in Iowa’s win at Iowa State last season. Photo courtesy of hawkeyesports.com)