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 16 vote. Below are backgrounds of the candidates. The top two players receiving votes advance to the round of 32 beginning March 17.
C BILL LOGAN — Scored 1,188 points in three seasons from 1953 through 1956 to rank tied for 24th in Iowa history. Led Iowa in scoring and rebounding in school’s first two Final Four appearances in 1955 and 1956. Led team to consecutive Big Ten titles in 1955 and 1956. Named first-team All-Big Ten in 1955 and 1956. Averaged 17.7 points and 12.2 rebounds a game in 1956 to lead Hawkeyes to NCAA title game. Scored a still-standing NCAA Tournament school-record 36 points against Temple in 1956 Final Four victory. Led team in scoring all three seasons. Grabbed 23 rebounds in a 1955 game. Scored at least 12 points in seven of eight NCAA games. Number 31 retired.
G PETER JOK — Scored 1,466 points from 2013 through end of 2017 regular season to rank 15th in Iowa history. Led Iowa and Big Ten in scoring as a senior with 20.2 points per game. Ranks second in Big Ten single-season free-throw percentage at 92.0. Ranks sixth in Iowa career 3-pointers (207). Broke 55-year-old school record with 22 free throws in a game. Finalist for Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year award. Scored 42 points in a game, tied for fourth in school history. Competed in three NCAA Tournaments with 2 victories.
G LUKE RECKER — Scored 926 points in two seasons (2000-2002). Posted sixth-best Iowa career scoring average at 17.5 points per game, highest average since 1971. Led Iowa in scoring both seasons (18.1 per game in 2001, 17.1 in 2002) and steals (56). Hit consecutive buzzer-beaters in 2002 Big Ten Tournament to send team to title game. Owns Big Ten Tournament records with 91 points, 30 field goals in 2002. Hit 14 3-pointers (second), shot 68.2 percent (30 of 44) to rank 10th in Big Ten Tournament history.
G MIKE GESELL — Scored 1,072 points from 2012 through 2016 to rank tied for 39th in Iowa history. Holds Iowa single-season assists record with 205 and ranks fourth in career assists (577). Led Iowa in assists final three years. Led Iowa in steals twice. Ranks ninth in career steals (160). Helped Hawkeyes reach three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, with 2 wins.
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