Iowa men’s basketball has a rich, historic 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. The final vote between the top two players will be held March 31.
Here is the March 3 vote. Below are backgrounds of the candidates. The top two players receiving votes advance to the round of 32 beginning March 17.
F MURRAY WIER — Played as a true freshman during World War II and led Iowa to a Big Ten title in 1945. Led the nation in scoring in 1947-48 with 21.0 points per game. Set a then-Big Ten record with 399 points that season. Was named a first-team consensus All-American, Big Ten MVP and First-Team All-Big Ten in 1948. Led Iowa in scoring in both 1946-47 and 1947-48.
F JARROD UTHOFF — Scored 1,298 points in three seasons from 2013-16 to rank 20th in Iowa history. Consensus Second-Team All-American, consensus All-Big Ten forward, national Academic All-American of the Year and Big Ten’s all-defensive team in 2016. Second in Big Ten scoring in 2016 at 18.9 points, first in blocked shots (2.7). Only player in last 15 years to average more than two blocked shots and two 3-pointers per game. Twice led team in blocked shots. Led team to three straight NCAA Tournaments.
F KENYON MURRAY — Scored 1,230 points from 1992-96 to rank 22nd in Iowa history. Tied for most steals by an Iowa freshman (45) and is third in school history with 200 career steals. Tied a school record with 9 steals in a game, which still stands. Considered one of Iowa’s greatest lockdown defenders. Led Iowa to two NCAA Tournaments.
C EREK HANSEN — Led team in blocked shots three times and has third-most career blocks in school history with 212. Was named Big Ten defensive Player of the Year in 2006 and was an all-defensive team member.