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 to 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 to 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 is March 31.
Here is the March 15 vote. Below are backgrounds of the candidates. The top two players receiving votes advance to the round of 32 beginning March 17.
F JESS SETTLES — Scored 1,611 points from 1993 through 1999 to rank ninth in Iowa history. Named first-team All-Big Ten in 1996, Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1994. Grabbed second-most rebounds and recorded second-highest field-goal percentage by an Iowa freshman. Scored third-most points and posted second-highest scoring average by an Iowa freshman (15.3 points). Led Iowa in scoring in 1996 (15.1), twice led team in rebounding (7.5 in 1994 and 1996). Missed almost two full seasons with back injuries but returned in 1999 to average 9.8 points and help Iowa to Sweet 16.
G ADAM HALUSKA — Scored 1,578 points in three seasons from 2004 through 2007 to rank 10th in Iowa history. Averaged 20.5 points a game as a senior to lead Big Ten in scoring. Named first-team All-Big Ten, honorable mention All-American and national academic All-American of the Year in 2007. Posted fifth-most career 3-pointers in school history (212) and only three-year player in top 10.
G DAN FROST — Scored 790 points in two seasons from 1974 through 1976. Averaged 16.1 points per game to rank 12th in Iowa history. Led team in scoring in 1975 at 14.7 points per game on Lute Olson’s first team.
G GERRY JONES — Scored 1,039 points in three seasons from 1964 through 1967. Averaged 16.2 points per game during his career for Ralph Miller’s first three teams, all of which had winning Big Ten records. Put up 18.6 points a game as a senior.
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Day 13: Fred Brown, Matt Gatens, Chad Calabria, Brad Lohaus
Day 12: Chuck Darling, Devyn Marble, Val Barnes, Les Jepsen
Day 11: B.J. Armstrong, Kevin Kunnert, Adam Woodbury, Glen Worley
Day 10: Sam Williams, Ryan Bowen, George Peeples, Melsahn Basabe
Day 9: Acie Earl, Jeff Horner, Steve Carfino, Glenn Vidnovic
Day 8: Dick Ives, Reggie Evans, James Moses, Steve Krafcisin
Day 7: Greg Stokes, Carl Cain, Bobby Hansen, Kevin Gamble
Day 6: John Johnson, Chris Street, Michael Payne, Al Lorenzen
Day 5: Andre Woolridge, Herb Wilkinson, Chris Kingsbury, Vince Brookins
Day 4: Don Nelson, Dean Oliver, Kenny Arnold, Chris Pervall
Day 3: Murray Wier, Jarrod Uthoff, Kenyon Murray, Erek Hansen
Day 2: Roy Marble, Bruce King, Kevin Boyle, Ben Stephens
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