All-American Luka Garza of Iowa is withdrawing from the 2020 NBA Draft and returning to school for his senior season.

He made the announcement on Sunday, the day before the deadline to withdraw, in a statement posted on the Hawkeyes basketball Twitter account.

“My heart is in Iowa City. I love this place too much to leave it,” he said. “I love my teammates, coaches, community, fans, and university. I don’t care how many games we are able to play. I want to be here and wear IOWA across my chest one more time. It would have been too hard to close the book without the last chapter. I have decided to return to the University of Iowa for my senior season.”

He added a video to his own Twitter account, a parody of the scene from the 2013 film “The Wolf of Wall Street,” where the character played by Leonardo DiCaprio tells his office, loudly and profanely, “I’m not leaving!”


Iowa Hawkeyes Are 2021 March Madness Contenders with Luka Garza.


A 6-foot-11 center, Garza was the Big Ten Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-American as a junior in 2019-20. He was a runner-up to Obi Toppin of Dayton for both the Naismith Award and the Associated Press National Player of the Year and will enter the 2020-21 season as a favorite for both.

When announcing his intentions to explore the draft in April, Garza said he was keeping open the option of returning to the Hawkeyes.

Garza was the only player in the nation last season to register at least 700 points, 300 rebounds, 50 blocked shots and 30 3-pointers. He averaged 23.9 points, 9.8 boards and 1.8 blocks in 31 starts.

–Field Level Media

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