Iowa men’s basketball has a rich tradition with 25 NCAA Tournament appearances, eight Sweet 16s and three Final Fours. The Hawkeyes have produced dozens of elite players who have played professionally, earned All-Big Ten honors and remain icons throughout the state for generations.
Throughout March, Landof10.com will host daily polls designed for fans to vote for the best players in Iowa basketball history. The first 16 days will consist of four players in 16 different pods (64 total players). From March 17-24, each pod’s top two players receiving votes will advance to knockout-style voting condensed to eight pods consisting of 32 players. From March 25-28, the eight pod winners will compete in four head-to-head matchups. On March 29-30, the top four players face off in head-to-head competition. The final vote between the top two players will be held March 31.
Here is the March 14 vote. Below are backgrounds of the candidates. The top two players receiving votes advance to the round of 32 beginning March 17.
F AARON WHITE — Scored 1,859 points from 2011 through 2015 to rank second in Iowa history. Sank fifth-most field goals (590), most free throws (618), most free-throw attempts (800) in program history. Grabbed third-most rebounds at Iowa (901), only player to lead Iowa in rebounding four straight years. Played in most games (140) in Iowa history. Shot fifth-most free throws in Big Ten history. First-team All-Big Ten in 2015. Scored 19 points in freshman opener, a program record.
F GREG BRUNNER — Scored 1,516 points from 2002 to 2006 to rank 14th in Iowa history. Grabbed a program-record 990 rebounds. Led Iowa in scoring in 2005 (14.7 points per game) and 2006 (14.1). Named first-team All-Big Ten in 2006. Led Hawkeyes to Big Ten Tournament title in 2006, named to all-tournament team.
G JEFF MOE — Scored 1,248 points from 1984 through 1988 to rank 21st in Iowa history. Key reserve on four consecutive NCAA Tournament qualifiers. Averaged 11.1 and 12.9 points per game in his junior and senior seasons, respetively. Hawkeyes qualified for Sweet 16 twice and Elite Eight once in his final two years.
G KENT MCCAUSLAND — Scored 869 points from 1995 through 1999. Hit fourth-most 3-pointers in school history (214). In 1997, sank 70 of 134 3-point attempts to set school 3-point percentage record at 52.2. Starter for 1999 Sweet 16 team.
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Day 5: Andre Woolridge, Herb Wilkinson, Chris Kingsbury, Vince Brookins
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