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 12 vote. Below are backgrounds of the candidates. The top two players receiving votes advance to the round of 32 beginning March 17.
C CHUCK DARLING — Scored 1,094 points in three seasons from 1949-52 to rank 36th in Iowa history. Averaged 25.5 points per game in 1952, third-best in Iowa history. Named consensus first-team All-American in 1952, the last Iowa player to earn that honor. Named Big Ten MVP, first-team All-Big Ten that season, as well. Grabbed 30 rebounds in 1952 game, still the school record by five. At the time his career ended, owned Big Ten single-season records for points (364, previous was 277), field goals (132, was 97) and free throws (100, was 99) in conference games, as well as career points in Big Ten games (716, was 628 for 3 years, 675 for 4). Also left with conference marks in free throws without a miss (10) and free throws in a game (16, tying the mark). Averaged 16.3 points and 17.6 rebounds a game in 1951.
G DEVYN MARBLE — Scored 1,694 points from 2010-14 to rank sixth all-time among Hawkeyes. First-team all-Big Ten in 2014. Ranks seventh in career steals and career assists. Led Iowa in scoring in 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, in steals in 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons, and in assists in 2012-13. Tied for ninth in single-season steals in a season (60) with his father, Roy Marble, who is Iowa’s all-time leading scorer. Duo combined for 3,810 points, the most for a father-son tandem in Big Ten history.
G VAL BARNES — Scored 1,181 points in three seasons from 1990-93 to rank 26th at Iowa. Averaged 14.7 points a game as a senior after putting up 11.5 points a game in each of his first two seasons.
C LES JEPSEN — Led Hawkeyes in scoring (14.9) and rebounding (10.0) in 1989-90 season. Scoring average soared by 10.7 points from 1988-89 to 1989-90. Led Iowa in blocked shots in 1988-89 with 28.