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 20 vote. Below are backgrounds of the candidates. The top two players receiving votes advance to the round of 16 beginning March 25.
F DON NELSON — Scored 1,522 points in three seasons from 1959-62 to rank 13th in Iowa history. Averaged 21.2 points per game during his career. Was named First-Team All-Big Ten in both 1961 and ’62 after averaging 23.7 and 23.8 points, respectively. Was named Third-Team All-American in 1962. Led Iowa in scoring and rebounding all three seasons. Has third-most double-doubles in Iowa history with 41.
G DEVYN MARBLE — Scored 1,694 points from 2010-14 to rank sixth all-time among Hawkeyes. First-team all-Big Ten in 2014. Ranks seventh in career steals and career assists. Led Iowa in scoring in 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, in steals in 2011-12 and 2013-14, and in assists in 2012-13. Tied for ninth in single-season steals in a season (60) with his father, Roy Marble, who is Iowa’s all-time leading scorer. Duo combined for 3,810 points, the most for a father-son tandem in Big Ten history.
F JOHN JOHNSON — Scored 1,172 in two seasons from 1968-70 to rank 28th in Iowa history. Anchored 1969-70 team to 14-0 Big Ten record and a league-record 102.9 scoring average, the highest in Big Ten-only games. Holds school records for most points in a game (49), most points in a season (699), single-season per-game scoring average (27.9), most field goals in a game (20) and most field goals in a season (289). Ranks second in career per-game scoring average (23.9). Was named First-Team All-Big Ten in 1970 and received All-America honors. Led team in scoring in 1968-69 and 1969-70 seasons.
C KEVIN KUNNERT — Scored 1,145 points in three seasons (1970-73) to rank tied for 30th. Highest per-game rebounding average in Iowa history at 12.7. Ranks second in career rebounds with 914. Boasts two highest seasons of rebounds per game (14.7 in 1971-72, 13.9 in 1972-73). Most career double-doubles with 48. Led team in rebounding all three seasons. Averaged 19.2 points, 13.9 rebounds per game in 1972-73 to earn All-American honors.
Previous votes (voting closed in bold)
Day 19 (second round): B.J. Armstrong, Chris Street, Murray Wier, Bobby Hansen
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