IOWA CITY, Iowa — Based on regular season play, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced on today the five finalists vying for the honor of the 2020 Naismith Trophy, which includes University of Iowa men’s basketball junior center Luka Garza. The prestigious award recognizes the most outstanding men’s college basketball player.
Joining Garza as a finalist for the prestigious award are Dayton’s Obi Toppin, Udoka Azbuike of Kansas, Seton Hall’s Myles Powell, and Oregon’s Payton Pritchard.
ESPN just named Garza their Player of the Year, and last week, Sporting News tabbed Garza its National Player of the Year and a first-team All-American. Garza is the first player in Iowa history to earn national player of the year distinction. He was also voted the USBWA District VI Player of the Year and the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Player of the Year.
The Washington, D.C., native is also a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, Wooden Award, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, and the Lute Olson Award.