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, 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 5 vote. Below are backgrounds of the candidates. The top two players receiving votes advance to the round of 32 beginning March 17.
ANDRE WOOLRIDGE — Scored 1,525 points in three seasons from 1994-97 to rank 12th in Iowa history. Named First-Team All-Big Ten in 1996 and 1997 and was a Third-Team All-American in 1997. Led the Big Ten in scoring and assists in 1996-97 season. Has three of the top five seasons for assists in Iowa history and is second in career assists (575) for the Hawkeyes. Led Iowa in assists all three of his seasons.
HERB WILKINSON — Three-time All-Big Ten first-team performer from 1945-47. Was a top defender and distributor for a team that won the 1945 Big Ten title. Averaged 9.6 points a game in 1944-45 to garner second-team consensus All-America honors.
CHRIS KINGSBURY — Scored 1,118 points in three seasons (1993-96) to rank tied for 33rd in scoring in school history. Holds school records for 3-pointers in a season (117) and a game (9, twice). Has the third-most career 3-pointers in in Iowa history (226).
VINCE BROOKINS — Played significant role on Iowa teams that qualified for three straight NCAA Tournaments. Was a reserve on 1979 Big Ten-title team and averaged 11.0 points on team that advanced to 1980 Final Four. Led Hawkeyes in scoring in 1980-81 with 14.7 points a game.