THE LUTE OLSON AWARD

2021 Lute Olson Award

April 1, 2021

THE 2021 AWARD

BOSTON, MA -- Iowa’s Luka Garza is the recipient of the 2021 Lute Olson award.

The 6-foot-11 senior averaged 24.1 points, 8.7 rebounds per game and shot 55.3% from the field on the season. He led the nation in total points (747); player efficiency rating (35.84); 30-point games (8); field goals made (281); and 20-point games (22). Garza ranked fifth nationally in free throw attempts (199), eighth in free throw makes (141), and 11th in double-doubles (13). His 747 points bested his previous school single-season record of 740 points set last season.

“It has been a pleasure to watch Luka Garza play basketball, over the past four seasons,” said Angela Lento Vice President of CollegeInsider.com. “It’s difficult to come up with superlatives to describe his game that haven’t already been used a thousand times, but one word seems to fit… Winner. Luka Garza is a winner.”

This season the two-time Big Ten Player of the Year broke Iowa’s 32-year old scoring record held by Roy Marble on Feb. 21. He finished his Hawkeye career with 2,306 points rank seventh-best in Big Ten history.

In his final game as a Hawkeye, the Washington D.C. native had 36 points and nine rebounds. The 36 points are the most points scored by any Division I player in the 2021 NCAA Tournament and tied Bill Logan’s school record set against Temple on March 22, 1956.

In addition to ranking first in career scoring, Garza is tops at Iowa in 30-point games (13), conference scoring (1,399), field goals made (870), field goal attempts (1,594), and 40-point games (2); second in rebounds (931); fourth in double-doubles (34); fifth in blocked shots (154); sixth in free throw makes (446) and attempts (636); and 16th in 3-pointers made (120). He is the only men’s basketball player in Big Ten history to accumulate 2,250 points and 900 rebounds.

The Lute Olson National Player of the Year award, which is presented annually to the top player in division I college basketball, is named in honor of Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson, who won 776 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at the University of Arizona.

During that stretch he led the Wildcats to 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, 23 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, four Final Four appearances and a National Championship in 1997.

Olson is one of just 25 head coaches in NCAA history to win 700 or more games (all divisions) and ranks ninth on the Division I career victories list. He finished with a winning percentage of .731 and is the all-time winningest coach in Arizona history with 587-190 record (.755). He was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year seven times.

Olson also guided Arizona to 20 consecutive 20-win seasons and is one of only three coaches in NCAA history to record 29 or more 20-win seasons.

Prior to Arizona, Olson spent nine seasons at Iowa. He won 167 games and lead the Hawkeyes to the Final Four in 1980. He also spent one season at Long Beach State, leading the 49ers to a 24-2 record and a No. 3 ranking nationally.

In 2002, Olson was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.


2020-21 LUTE OLSON ALL-AMERICA TEAM

Max Abmas

6-1

So.

Oral Roberts

Alex Barcello

6-2

Sr.

BYU

James Bouknight

6-5

So.

Connecticut

Charles Bassey

6-11

Jr.

Western Kentucky

Jared Butler

6-3

Jr.

Baylor

Kofi Cockburn

7-0

So.

Illinois

Derek Culver

6-10

Jr.

West Virginia

Cade Cunningham

6-8

Fr.

Oklahoma State

Hunter Dickinson

7-1

Fr.

Michigan

Ayo Dosunmu

6-5

Jr.

Illinois

Chris Duarte

6-6

Sr.

Oregon

LUKA GARZA

6-11

SR.

IOWA

Collin Gillespie

6-3

Sr.

Villanova

Quentin Grimes

6-5

Jr.

Houston

Herbert Jones

6-8

Sr.

Alabama

Corey Kispert

6-7

Sr.

Gonzaga

Cameron Krutwig

6-9

Sr.

Loyola Chicago

EJ Liddell

6-7

So.

Ohio State

Isaiah Miller

6-0

Sr.

UNCG

Evan Mobley

7-0

Fr.

USC

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

6-9

So.

Villanova

Jalen Suggs

6-4

Fr.

Gonzaga

Drew Timme

6-10

So.

Gonzaga

Trevion Williams

6-10

Jr.

Purdue

Moses Wright

6-9

Sr.

Georgia Tech

 

The Lute Olson Award is presented annually to the nation's top Division I player.
 
The award is named in honor of Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson, who won 776 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at the University of Arizona. During that stretch he led the Wildcats to 11 Pac-10 Conference titles, 23 consecutive NCAA Tournaments, four Final Four appearances and a National Championship in 1997.
 
Olson is one of just 25 head coaches in NCAA history to win 700 or more games (all divisions) and ranks ninth on the Division I career victories list. He finished with a winning percentage of .731 and is the all-time winningest coach in Arizona history with 587-190 record (.755). He was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year seven times. Olson also guided Arizona to 20 consecutive 20-win seasons, and is one of only three coaches in NCAA history to record 29 or more 20-win seasons.
 
In 2002, Olson was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
 
The recipient of of the 2021 award will be announced on April 1.
 

The Lute Olson award committee is a 30 member panel, consisting of five current division I head coaches, five retired head coaches, 10 current athletic directors and/or conference administrators, five members of the national media and five collegeinsider.com staff members. 
 
RULES AND CRITERIA
 
The Lute Olson award is presented annually to the top division I player as voted on by the award committee. 
 
SCHEDULE OF RELEASES
 
November: Preseason Watch List announced
January: Mid-Season Watch List announced
March: Finalists announced
April 2: Lute Olson National Player of the Year announced
 
AWARD PRESENTATION
 
The recipients of the 17 national awards, presented by CollegeInsider.com, are announced annually at the site of the NCAA men’s division I basketball championship.
 
The recipient of the 2018 Lute Olson award will be announced on April 2 in San Antonio, site of the Men's NCAA Basketball Championship.
 
 
 

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