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 19 vote. Below are backgrounds of the candidates. The top two players receiving votes advance to the round of 16 beginning March 25.
PG B.J. ARMSTRONG — Scored 1,705 points from 1985-89, fifth in Iowa history. Led Iowa in assists for three seasons. Ranks fifth for career assists, sixth in steals. Led team in scoring in 1987-88 season. Guided Iowa to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including two Sweet 16s and one Elite Eight. His No. 10 jersey is retired.
F CHRIS STREET — One of the most tenacious players in school history. Posted the most blocked shots in a season by an Iowa freshman and the most rebounds in a season by an Iowa sophomore. Holds school record for most consecutive made free throws with 34. During his junior season, Street died in an automobile accident on Jan. 19, 1993. He was 20 years old. His No. 40 is retired and the Chris Street Award is presented annually to the player or players who most exemplify Street’s spirit, enthusiasm and intensity.
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.
G BOBBY HANSEN — Scored 1,145 points from 1979-83. Helped Iowa to two Sweet 16 appearances and a 1980 Final Four appearance. Has called games as a radio color analyst for nearly 25 years.
Previous votes (voting closed in bold)
Day 18 (second round): Roy Marble, Greg Stokes, Dean Oliver, Vince Brookins
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