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Iowa’s freshman center was emotional after a 77-71 loss to Michigan. Chad Leistikow/The Register

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Luka Garza, a sophomore starting center for the Iowa men's basketball team, is out indefinitely after undergoing successful surgery Friday to remove a benign cyst in his abdomen, the university announced.

"We are happy to hear that Luka's procedure went well," basketball coach Fran McCaffery said in a university release. "Luka has had a phenomenal summer preparing for his sophomore season, and we look forward to him rejoining his teammates on the court later this fall."

 

Garza averaged 12.1 points per game last season to rank third for the Hawkeyes. He led the team in blocked shots (32) and was second in rebounding (6.4 per game). The 6-foot-11 native of Washington, D.C., is one of two Hawkeyes to total 400 points and 200 rebounds as a freshman (Jess Settles). His 211 rebounds is the most by an Iowa freshman in program history.