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 top two contestants in the eight pods will compete in four winner-take-all 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 18 vote. Below are backgrounds of the candidates. The top two players receiving votes advance to the round of 16 beginning March 25.
G/F ROY MARBLE — Scored a school-record 2,116 points from 1985-89 — the school’s only 2,000-point scorer. Led Hawkeyes to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments, two Sweet 16s and an Elite Eight appearance. Owns school mark for most career field goals, ranks second in free throws and fourth in steals. Scored second-most points in a season (675) by an Iowa player. Led team in scoring for three seasons.
C GREG STOKES — Scored 1,768 points from 1981 through 1985 to rank fourth in Iowa history. Scored the second-most field goals, blocked the second-most shots in Iowa history. Named first-team all-Big Ten in 1985. Led team in scoring three times, led team in rebounding final two years, led in blocks all four years. Was 11-for-11 from the field in a 1984 game. His number 41 is retired.
PG DEAN OLIVER — Scored 1,561 points from 1997-2001 to rank 11th in Iowa history. His 205 career steals and 561 career assists rank second and third, respectively, in Hawkeyes history. Led team in scoring in the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons. Led Iowa in assists all four of his seasons and in steals for three. Led Iowa to three NCAA Tournament wins in his career.
F 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.
Previous votes (voting closed in bold)
Day 17 (second round): Ronnie Lester, Jarrod Uthoff, Sam Williams, Dick Ives
Day 16: Bill Logan, Peter Jok, Luke Recker, Mike Gesell
Day 15: Jess Settles, Adam Haluska, Dan Frost, Gerry Jones
Day 14: Aaron White, Greg Brunner, Jeff Moe, Kent McCausland
Day 13: Fred Brown, Matt Gatens, Chad Calabria, Brad Lohaus
Day 12: Chuck Darling, Devyn Marble, Val Barnes, Les Jepsen
Day 11: B.J. Armstrong, Kevin Kunnert, Adam Woodbury, Glen Worley
Day 10: Sam Williams, Ryan Bowen, George Peeples, Melsahn Basabe
Day 9: Acie Earl, Jeff Horner, Steve Carfino, Glenn Vidnovic
Day 8: Dick Ives, Reggie Evans, James Moses, Steve Krafcisin
Day 7: Greg Stokes, Carl Cain, Bobby Hansen, Kevin Gamble
Day 6: John Johnson, Chris Street, Michael Payne, Al Lorenzen
Day 5: Andre Woolridge, Herb Wilkinson, Chris Kingsbury, Vince Brookins
Day 4: Don Nelson, Dean Oliver, Kenny Arnold, Chris Pervall
Day 3: Murray Wier, Jarrod Uthoff, Kenyon Murray, Erek Hansen
Day 2: Roy Marble, Bruce King, Kevin Boyle, Ben Stephens
Day 1: Ronnie Lester, Dave Gunther, Ed Horton, Jimmy Rodgers