Hawkeye Birthdays: Ricky Davis

Happy Birthday to a former Hawkeye basketball star: NBA veteran Ricky Davis turns 32 on Friday.

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Davis had the best freshman campaign of any other Hawkeye men’s basketball player, scoring 464 points in 1998 — an Iowa freshman record that still stands.

His Hawkeye career was short-lived, however, after being selected 21st overall by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1998 NBA Draft. Davis bounced around the NBA for over a decade, making trips with the Hornets, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Los Angeles Clippers.

Known for his dunks and purposely missing a shot at his own basket to record his first career triple-double, the former Hawkeye now plays professionally in France.

While the video below isn’t of Davis’ ripoff triple-double, it shows that he had a knack for padding his stats — whether the former Hawkeye meant to or not.

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Former Iowa Basketball Player Dean Oliver Named Assistant Coach at North Dakota

Former Hawkeye Dean Oliver has been hired as an assistant basketball coach at the University of North Dakota, Fighting Sioux head coach Brian Jones

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announced Tuesday.

This is Oliver’s first coaching gig. He’s spent the past nine years playing basketball professionally, including stops with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, the NBDL, as well as playing professionally in Slovenia, Croatia, Poland, The Netherlands, and France.

Oliver played for the Hawkeyes from 1998-2001 and ranks eighth on Iowa’s All-Time scoring list (1,561) and second All-Time in steals (205).

The former Hawkeye is very familiar with North Dakota head coach Brian Jones, who spent the past two seasons of Oliver’s collegiate career as an assistant coach at Iowa under Steve Alford.

“This is an unbelievable opportunity for me,” Oliver said in a press release. “I have known Coach Jones for a number of years, even before he was coaching, so this is a great chance for me to learn from him. It also gives me a chance to give back to basketball because it has been so good to me. I cannot wait to get started.”


Former Hawkeye Ronnie Lester Let Go by Lakers

Former Iowa basketball player Ronnie Lester will not be retained as assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers after his contract expires in June.

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The Former Hawkeye spent the past 10 season as Assistant GM for the Lakers under GM Mitch Kupchak. Lester played for the team from 1981-1986, averaging 7.3 points and four assists per game.

After his retirement from playing, Lester remained a major part of the Lakers organization. He was a scout for the team before being named Assistant GM.

Lester played for the Hawkeyes from 1977-1980, averaging 16.9 points per game. He earned first team All-Big Ten honors in 1978 and 1979 and his 1,675 career points ranks fifth all-time in Iowa history.

The Lakers have been cleaning house since the hiring of new head coach Mike Brown. According to the Los Angeles Times, more than a dozen scouts, training staff members and video personnel have also been told they will not have their contracts renewed.


Former Hawkeye Weekend Roundup

HawkeyeLocator recaps the weekend, informing lovers of the Black and Gold how their favorite former Hawkeyes performed with their respective professional squads.

Basketball Overseas

* Former Hawkeye Dean Oliver scored eight points and dished out 10 assists for Bourg (France) in the team’s 104-94 loss to Maurienne on May 6.

Arena Football League

Iowa Barnstormers

* Former Hawkeye quarterback Brad Banks completed 19-of-34 passes for 268 yards and five touchdowns, but he also had three throws picked off in the Barnstormers 71-57 loss to the Dallas Vigilantes on May 7. Banks also had 36 yards on the ground and ran for a touchdown.

* Recently signed kicker Kyle Schlicher made his first-ever professional field goal, connecting on a 29-yarder to open the contest for the Barnstormers. The former Hawkeye placekicker was also 6-for-8 on extra points.

* Ex-Iowa fullback Rodney Filer gained three rushing yards and recorded a 1-yard reception in the Barnstormers loss.

Philadelphia Soul

* Former Iowa offensive lineman Nyere Aumaitre started at guard for the Soul in their 58-42 loss to the Jacksonville Sharks on May 6.

Indoor Football League

Wichita Wild

* Former Iowa wide receiver Clinton Solomon had seven receptions for 90 yards in the Wild’s 51-14 blowout victory over the Oklahoma City Bricktown Brawlers. Solomon’s 50 receptions and 541 receiving yards both rank seventh-best in the IFL this season.

La Crosse Spartans

* Former Hawkeye kick returner / defensive back Walner Belleus recorded a tackle in the Spartans 44-21 loss to the Green Bay Blizzard.


Acie Earl and Bret Bielema Inducted into Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame

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Former Hawkeye athletes Acie Earl and Bret Bielema were inducted into the Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame Wednesday evening. The ceremony was held at Davenport North High School.

Founded in 1987 by the Quad City Times newspaper, the Hall of Fame was created as a way to honor the best local athletes from the past and present.

New members are determined by a panel of voters which include media, sports officials, and current Hall of Fame members. With the addition of the 2011 class, the Quad-City Sports Hall of Fame is now composed of 81 honorees.

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A star basketball player at Moline High School, Earl played his college ball at Iowa where he became the Hawkeyes second All-Time leading scorer (1,779 points) and the 1992 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. He was the 19th overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft and spent four years in the NBA with Boston, Toronto and Milwaukee.

Bielema played high school football at Prophetstown (Ill.) and eventually became a four-year letterwinner and a captain on the Hawkeye football team. He went on to become a successful collegiate assistant coach and currently serves as head coach at the University of Wisconsin.


New Map: Former Hawkeye Basketball Players

We’ve added a new interactive map to the “Maps” section of our site. This map features former Iowa Hawkeye basketball players — men and women — who are now playing professionally.

The locations range from Reno, Nevada to Tokyo, Japan.

Check it out here


The Fans Have Spoken: Hawkeye Mount Rushmore

After two weeks of voting, four Iowa legends have been forever immortalized on our Hawkeye Mount Rushmore.

Over 9,000 votes were cast, and we thank all of the Hawkeye fans who participated in the poll.

These are the four Hawkeyes who the fans thought were deserving of being enshrined on the historic monument…

HAWKEYE MOUNT RUSHMORE

Tim Dwight (WR & KR from 1994-1997): Dwight was a consensus All-American in 1997 and ranks second in Hawkeye history in career receiving yards (2,271)

Chuck Long (QB from 1981-1985): Long was runner-up to Bo Jackson in the 1985 Heisman Trophy award voting. He was a consensus first team All-American in 1985 — the year he led the Hawkeyes to the Rose Bowl. His 10,461 passing yards is tops in Iowa program history.

Nile Kinnick: (HB, QB, P from 1937-1939): Kinnick needs no introduction. A member of t he 1939 “Iron Man” squad, Kinnick won about every award imaginable. In addition to being named AP Male Athlete of the Year, he won the Walter Camp Award, Maxwell Award, and is the only Iowa player to ever win the Heisman Trophy.

Dallas Clark (LB/TE from 2000-2002): Moving from linebacker is likely the best decision Dallas Clark ever made. He won the 2002 John Mackey Award, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate tight end. His 43 catches for 742 yards were integral to the Hawkeyes successful 2002 campaign where they finished the regular season undefeated.

ROUND OF 16 POLL RESULTS

ELITE 8 POLL RESULTS