Currently, the Iowa basketball program has one spot available for their 2017 recruiting class. They'll lose two seniors after the 2016-2017 season in Peter Jok and Dale Jones. One of those spots has already been claimed by highly-rated guard Connor McCaffery, obviously the son of head coach Fran McCaffery. The second may go to Washington, D.C. post Luka Garza.
Garza is a 6-foot-10, 235 pound front-line player from Maret School in the nation's capitol. He's rated as the top center in the D.C. area, the fifth best in the entire East region, and the 24th best at his position in the entire country.
Scout's basketball recruiting analyst Brian Snow had this to say about Garza's game after seeing him at the Slam Dunk to the Beach Event in December that was full of top talent.
"It was a monster offensive performance from Luka Garza despite his team falling in defeat. Garza finished with 32 points on 11-19 shooting, and was a force that was tough to handle on the low block. He has good footwork and a very nice touch and has a good idea of what to do when he gets the ball. Now Garza still needs to rebound better and shoe more of an ability to defend, but his athleticism is improving and he has lost weight since the summer. For a class of 2017 prospect he has made tremendous strides and is continuing to improve every time out."
The big man from the East's first offer was from the Hawkeyes and he's repaying them back by traveling to Iowa City for his first official visit of his process that will take place this upcoming weekend.
"I'm going to try and utilize May and June for visits and thinking time," Garza said to Scout. "So if I find the place I might commit early. However, if I feel like I need to wait for something else, I will. At this point, I'm not really leaning to any few schools in particular."
The Hawkeyes have one of the stronger relationships with Garza and they'll try to use that to their advantage when they host him this weekend. They have a lot of length to their current roster but they could always add a little more bulk.
"Being one of the first schools to heavily recruit me, I have built a very strong relationship with the coaching staff there," Garza shared. "I'm excited to see them and have more conversations about what I could do at a place like Iowa. I talk a lot with Coach Fran, as well as Coach (Sherman) Dillard. The conversations are great. They really think I could have an impact."
No other visits have been planned at this point other than the trip to Iowa City but Garza would also like to see Alabama, Saint Joseph's, Seton Hall, Princeton, and a few others.