The University of Iowa

Global Alumni Spotlight Series

About the Series

The International Programs Global Alumni Spotlight Series features in-depth conversations with University of Iowa alumni who have international backgrounds or experiences. This series is designed to bring together current and prospective students, alumni, and the greater Hawkeye community for engaging conversations highlighting diverse experiences and expertise. Join the conversation as we explore global and international topics that cross disciplines, borders, and connect Iowa with the world.

2021 - 2022 Season

Hoops and Hawks: A Conversation with Luka Garza

June 3, 2021

Luka Garza wrapped up his final season of basketball at the University of Iowa as the team’s all-time scoring leader. His list of awards and honors includes the 2021 consensus National Player of the Year, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year, Lute Olson Award, and more. This conversation will touch on Luka’s experience at the University of Iowa and how his international roots helped shape the person and player he is today. Luka is of half-Bosnian descent. His mother, Sejla (Muftić) Garza, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, played basketball professionally in Europe; his grandfather, Refik Muftić, was a world-class football (soccer) goalkeeper for Sarajevo; and his uncle and cousins are involved in professional basketball in Europe.

This discussion took place virtually through Zoom.

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