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 8 vote. Below are backgrounds of the candidates. The top two players receiving votes advance to the round of 32 beginning March 17.
F DICK IVES — Consensus second-team All-American in 1945 and earned All-American honors in 1944. Led Iowa to first outright Big Ten title and averaged 11.5 points per game in 1944-45 season. Team declined NCAA Tournament invite because of World War II. Averaged 18.1 points a game in 1943-44, still a freshman record by nearly 3 points a game.
F REGGIE EVANS — Scored 1,054 points in two seasons from 2000-02 to tie for 42nd in Iowa history. Holds school record for most rebounds in a season with 416. Named 2001 Big Ten Tournament MOP. Led team in rebounding both seasons, led in scoring in 2000-01. Most double-doubles in a season with 22, fourth-most double-doubles in career with 40 in just two seasons.
F JAMES MOSES — Scored 1,343 points from 1988-92 to rank 19th all-time at Iowa. Averaged at least 12.0 points a game in each of his final three seasons.
C STEVE KRAFCISIN — Led Iowa in blocked shots in 1979-80, the first season the statistic counted. Led team in rebounding in 1979-80 and 1980-81 seasons. Two-year starter who averaged 12.3 points per game on 1980 Final Four team. Was key reserve on Iowa’s last Big Ten regular-season title team in 1978-79.