Garza recruitment about to come into focus

With the July live period now over, Luka Garza is ready to get serious with his college decision.

With the July open period now behind him, 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward Luka Garza is ready to push forward with his college decision.

First off for the No. 98 overall player is a plan for a few more unofficial visits and his three remaining official trips. caught up with Garza this past week in Las Vegas.

“I am talking to a lot of schools about it and around the middle of August when that will be decided,” Garza said. “I am looking at going to Georgia, going to Pittsburgh, Princeton, Indiana, Northwestern. There are a couple others. I might go back to Alabama so I can see it during the school year.”

Playing at The Maret School in Washington D.C., Garza is coming off a junior season that saw him average about 25 points and 12 rebounds a game.

Garza has already taken official visits to Iowa and Alabama.

“I haven’t chose which will be official or unofficial visits but I am going to take my (official) visits early and commit end of September or early October and sign in November.”

He did add that an official trip to Georgia seems pretty set for around mid-September.  That would leave him only two more such trips at the school’s expense as players are allowed only five total official visits.

Past unofficial visits include two trips to nearby Georgetown and a recent visit to Louisville.

Garza elaborated on where things stand with Indiana.

“It’s good, we’re starting a relationship and they’re contacting both my dad and me. I have talked to coach (Tom) Crean over the phone and over text. I have spoken to (assistant) coach (Chuck) Martin a lot. He has followed me throughout July. 

“When this live period is over I will get the chance to talk to them about where I am at. I am really thinking about going down there and really like the opportunity.”

Indiana’s recent history with frontcourt players could make them a serious contender.

“I have seen how they have used bigs in the past. Cody Zeller plays a lot like me, at least I think so. Thomas Bryant as well. Just a great big man.Coach (Tom) Crean is obviously a fantastic coach and I look forward to meeting with him.”

Note: Jeff Rabjohns contributed to this report

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