Luka Garza Earns Consensus All-American Honors

By RossWB on March 24, 2020 at 8:17 pm
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Fresh off being named an AP First Team All-American last week, Luka Garza added a pair of other significant First Team All-America honors this week. First, he was named to the USBWA (United States Basketball Writers Association) All-America first team yesterday: 

Joining Garza on the UBSWA first team were guards Myles Powell (Seton Hall) and Markus Howard (Marquette), forward Obi Toppin (Dayton), and fellow big Udoka Azubuike (Kansas). 

Today, Garza was named to the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) All-America first team: 

Joining Garza on that first team were Toppin, Howard, and Azubuike -- as well as Oregon guard Payton Pritchard. 

Why is it significant that Garza was named a first team All-American by the USBWA and NABC? Because those two organizations -- as well as the AP and (for some reason) The Sporting News -- are the organizations used to signify consensus All-American status. Garza was named a first team All-American by all four organizations, which officially makes him a consensus All-American -- and puts him in some very rare company among Iowa players. 

Garza's the first Iowa player since Charles Darling in 1952 to earn consensus first team All-America honors and just the third overall. Make room in that very exclusive club, Murray Wier and Charles Darling. As Scott Dochterman points out, Garza's accomplished something that several other very, very, very good Iowa players did not: 

Pretty good!

While Garza added to his collection of first team All-America honors this week, he did not add to his collection of Player of the Year awards. Dayton's Obi Toppin was announced as the AP Player of the Year today. 

Toppin earned that honor despite the fact that Garza did this: 

And this: 

And this: 

Just sayin'.

But congratulations to Garza on his well-deserved first team All-America accolades from the USBWA and NABC and for becoming Iowa's first consensus All-American in almost 70 years. That's one hell of an accomplishment. Well done, big fella. 

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