Luka Garza was born in the capital city of the United States in Washington, D.C. His parents are Frank and Sejla Garza.
Furthermore, both of the basketballer’s parents are experienced basketballers. Frank was a basketball forward for the Idaho Vandals, while Sejla played professional basketball in Europe.
Hence, the Hawkeye player was quite well-acquainted with the sport from a young age. Besides that, his mother works as an executive assistant for the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Likewise, his paternal grandfather James Halm played collegiate basketball in Hawaii. Moreover, the athlete’s uncle Teoman Alibegović was a champion scorer for the Slovenia national basketball team.
So, it is safe to say that Luka has abundant basketball influence in his life.
Graza’s family’s respective basketball careers influenced his love and opinions about basketball. As a young kid, Frank trained and coached his son.
As a result, their father-son bond only increased with time. Subsequently, Luka is very close to his father and has called Frank his best friend on several occasions.
Not to mention, Frank attends every one of his son’s games and is usually his most enthusiastic fan. Aside from that, the collegiate player also has a sister named Tesa Garza.
The player attended Maret School, where he played high school basketball. He was an exceptional player for the Maret Fighting Frogs.
Although the collegiate basketballer had several recruitment offers from reputable colleges, he attended the University of Iowa. He has won several awards for the Hawkeyes and is one of their best centers.
Following high school graduation, he received recruitment offers from colleges like Georgetown University, the Univesity of Georgia, the University of Notre Dame, etc. However, Graza chose to play for the University of Iowa.
In his first year as Hawkeye, he earned the title of Big Ten freshman of the week. Likewise, he scored his first double-double as a collegiate athlete.
After his first year, the basketballer had surgery to detach a nine-pound cyst in his spleen. Thereafter, he sustained a sprain in his ankle as a sophomore.
The media also named Graza All-Big Ten honorable mention. Furthermore, he was the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week after defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
During a game against the Iowa State Cyclones, Luka suffered a serious injury in his mouth. His teammate, Joe Wieskamp, accidentally elbowed him, resulting in a loose tooth.
In 2020, the player was a probable candidate for several awards like the Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy, and Oscar Robertson Trophy. Besides that, he was the Big Ten Player of the Year.
Similarly, Sporting News termed him the National Player of the Year. He also earned consensus first-team All-American honors.
Subsequently, he announced his desire to enter the 2020 NBA Draft. Nevertheless, he chose to complete college and withdrew his name.
After a successful college career, Luka was selected by the Detroit Pistons for the 2021 NBA Draft. The team has assigned him to their G League affiliate, the Motor City Cruise.
In an interview, it was revealed that he had signed a two-year contract with the NBA team worth over $2.48 million.