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.


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.

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

Cara Consuegra Named Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Charlotte

Former Iowa women’s basketball player Cara Consuegra has been named the head women’s basketball coach at Charlotte University.

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The former All-Big Ten guard was officially introduced at a press conference Tuesday morning. She takes over a 49ers squad that lost in the Final Four of the WNIT this past season.

“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to lead the Charlotte 49ers women’s basketball program,” Consuegra said Tuesday at her introductory press conference. “I am eager and excited to build on the great tradition the women’s basketball program has at Charlotte. We have high expectations, but with the current and incoming talent, resources and the support of alumni and the Charlotte community, I believe we will continue to have great success.”

This is Consuegra’s first head coaching opportunity. The former Hawkeye spent the previous seven seasons as an assistant coach at Marquette, where she helped the Golden Eagles reach postseason play all seven years of her tenure. She also spent three years working as the Director of Basketball Operations at Penn State.

A star guard during her time as a Hawkeye, Consuegra holds Iowa’s single-season and career assists records. She scored over 1,000 points in her Iowa career and was also named the most outstanding player at the 2001 Big Ten Tournament.

Hawkeye Mount Rushmore: Round 2

We asked, and you answered in a big way.

Over 7,000 votes were cast in the first round of our Hawkeye Mount Rushmore poll.

The results are in and it’s time to start the second round. We’re down to the Elite Eight, which means the winners in this round will have their faces enshrined on the Hawkeye Mount Rushmore.

CLICK HERE to vote on the Second Round Match-Ups

Elite Eight

Nile Kinnick vs. BJ Armstrong

Dallas Clark vs. Andre Tippett

Chuck Long vs. Don Nelson

Ronnie Lester vs. Tim Dwight