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How lessons from a former Hawkeye helped draw Iowa to Henry Marchese, women’s basketball NIT bound and more

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So let’s get to it. Here is the Iowa Breakfast Club for Tuesday, March 14.

One Hawkeye to another

Iowa wide receiver signee Henry Marchese grew up asking his dad questions about the Hawkeyes. His father, John Marchese, was a walk-on running back from 1982-1985 and was a part of the 1985 Rose Bowl team.

Unless asked about a specific game or event, John’s stories tended to center around the same themes.

“Being a hard worker, never being late and being a great teammate — those are probably the three biggest things my dad has taught me from a football standpoint,” Henry said.

John played for Hayden Fry, and his son will play for Kirk Ferentz. The lessons one learned under an Iowa coach still apply under a different Iowa coach.

The Hawkeyes coaches told the Marcheses that they were impressed that Henry was raised with the Iowa values, traits the staff looks for in prospects. That was received as the utmost compliment in the Marchese household and likely factored into the Hawkeyes extending an offer, giving Henry a chance to square off against two of his brothers when Illinois comes to town on Oct. 7.

“He coached me in youth and he exhibited the same qualities as coach Ferentz and coach Fry,” Henry said. “Never being late, hustling to every position, every spot and giving it your all. He has really put that into my mind from a young age.”

NIT-bound, Part 2

Just like the men’s basketball team, the Iowa women’s basketball program is heading to the NIT. The Hawkeyes  (17-13) found out they will host Missouri State (16-14) at 8 p.m., ET, Thursday. If Iowa wins in the first round it would face the winner of the North Dakota-South Dakota matchup.

Just like with the men, the women’s team wasn’t expected to make the NCAA Tournament and was projected to slide into the NIT for postseason play.

Greatest Iowa Basketball Player update

Land of 10 readers are voting every day in a poll to determine the best Iowa’s men’s basketball player in program history. The first round in this “bracket matchup” consists of four players, with two advancing to the second round.

Here is a recap of the last few days:

Sam Williams, Ryan Bowen, George Peeples and Melsahn Basabe went head-to-head in Day 10 and Williams and Bowen will be moving on.

Day 11 saw B.J. Armstrong, Kevin Kunnert, Adam Woodbury and Glen Worley in the running. Fans voted Armstrong and Kunnert into the next round.

Chuck Darling, Devyn Marble, Val Barnes and Les Jepsen took part in Day 12 with Marble and Darling will advance.

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