Nunge and Garza

Iowa freshmen Jack Nunge (left) and Luka Garza walk off the court following their first game in the Prime Time League this summer.

OK, so the defense that is played isn’t exactly ferocious. Sometimes there isn’t really much defense being played at all. The intensity level is a sliver of what you’ll see in any game in Carver-Hawkeye Arena next season.

But you still have to be somewhat impressed with what Iowa basketball players did over the past several weeks in the Prime Time League.

Of the 12 Hawkeyes in the league — there are two on each team — 10 averaged more than 20 points per game. The team’s two incoming freshmen, 6-foot-10 Jack Nunge and 6-10 Luka Garza, both averaged more than 30 points and 11 rebounds per game.

Their two teams met in the league’s title game on Sunday although Garza did not play for a second straight game, apparently because of a bruised quad muscle.

Nunge was named the league’s MVP, averaging a PTL-best 32.4 points and 12.4 rebounds per game. Garza only played in six games but averaged 30.7 and 11.2.

Other 20-plus scorers among the Iowa players: Ryan Kriener 26.9, Isaiah Moss 26.3, Jordan Bohannon 25.4, Ahmad Wagner 24.7, Nicholas Baer 24.6 (and 11.6 rebounds), Tyler Cook 23.8, Brady Ellingson 22.5 and Dom Uhl 20.8.

Christian Williams, who was named the league’s defensive player of the year, contributed 16.2 points per game and Maishe Dailey netted 15.0 while playing for that same Westport Touchless Autowash team that lost to the Nunge/Ellingson-led Vinton Merchants in the championship game.

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