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 22 vote. Below are backgrounds of the candidates. The top two players receiving votes advance to the round of 16 beginning March 25.
C CHUCK DARLING — Scored 1,094 points in three seasons from 1949-52 to rank 36th in Iowa history. Averaged 25.5 points per game in 1952, third-best in Iowa history. Named consensus first-team All-American in 1952, the last Iowa player to earn that honor. Named Big Ten MVP and first-team All-Big Ten that season. Grabbed 30 rebounds in 1952 game, still the school record by five. At the time his career ended, owned Big Ten single-season records for points (364, previous was 277), field goals (132, was 97) and free throws (100, was 99) in conference games, as well as career points in Big Ten games (716, was 628 for 3 years, 675 for 4). Also left with conference marks in free throws without a miss (10) and free throws in a game (16, tying the mark). Averaged 16.3 points and 17.6 rebounds a game in 1951.
F RYAN BOWEN — Scored 1,090 points from 1994-98 to rank 38th. Even at 6-foot-10, could defend nearly every position on the floor. Iowa’s career steals leader, ranks ninth in career rebounds, seventh in career blocked shots. Has school record for steals in a season (79). Led team in rebounding in 1997 and 1998, led in blocked shots in 1998.
G PETER JOK — Scored 1,508 points from 2013-17 to rank 15th in Iowa history. Led Iowa and Big Ten in scoring as a senior with 19.9 points per game. Ranks third in Big Ten single-season free-throw percentage at 91.9. Ranks fourth in Iowa career 3-pointers (216). Broke 55-year-old school record with 22 free throws in a game. Finalist for Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year award. Scored 42 points in a game, tied for fourth in school history. Competed in three NCAA Tournaments with two victories.
F KEVIN BOYLE — Scored 1,189 points from 1978-82, 23rd in Iowa history. Helped Iowa reach four consecutive NCAA Tournaments, including 1980 Final Four. Was named First-Team All-Big Ten in 1981. Led Iowa in steals in 1980 and 1981 and led the Hawkeyes in assists in 1982. Averaged 10.1 points per game.
Previous votes (closed voting in bold)
Day 21 (second round): Andre Woolridge, Acie Earl, Jeff Horner, Ed Horton
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