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 21 vote. Below are backgrounds of the candidates. The top two players receiving votes advance to the round of 16 beginning March 25.
PG 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.
C ACIE EARL — Scored 1,779 points from 1989-93, third-most in school history. Notched the third-most field goals and most blocked shots in school history. Named first-team All-Big Ten and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 1991-92 season. Led Iowa in rebounding twice, scoring three times and blocks all four seasons. Owns the top two seasons in blocked shots with 121 and 106. Owns single-game records for blocks and steals (9 in both). Only Iowa player to record at least 8 blocks in a game, and did it six times. Third-most blocked shots in Big Ten history.
PG JEFF HORNER — Scored 1,502 points from 2002-06 to rank 15th in school history. Earned honorable mention All-American honors in 2006. Owns school records for most career 3-pointers and assists. Ranks eighth in steals. Led Iowa in assists all four seasons. Named Big Ten Tournament MVP in 2006 after leading Hawkeyes to the title.
C ED HORTON — Scored 1,372 points from 1985-1989, currently ranking No. 17 in Iowa history. Posted the fifth-most rebounds in a season with 350, the fourth-most rebounds in a career with 877, and the 10th-most field goals with 560. Led team in rebounding in 1989. Was named first-team All-Big Ten in 1989. Competed in four NCAA Tournaments, two Sweet 16s and one Elite Eight.
Previous votes (voting closed in bold)
Day 20 (second round): Don Nelson, Devyn Marble, John Johnson, Kevin Kunnert
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