Iowa’s Garza is Big Ten’s top freshman

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa forward Luka Garza was named the Big Ten men’s basketball’s Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.

Garza led Iowa to a pair of victories last week over Chicago State (95-62) and Alabama State (92-58). He averaged a team-best 13.5 points, nine rebounds, and 2.5 blocked shots per game while making 57.1 percent (8-of-14) of his field-goal attempts.

Against Chicago State, Garza totaled a team-best 16 points, three blocks, and five rebounds. He posted his first career double-double (11 points, 13 rebounds) in only 19 minutes of action in Iowa’s 34-point win over the Hornets on Sunday.