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.”

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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 Steve Carfino is Australia’s Version of Gus Johnson

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Here’s a highlight video from Game 2 of the 2011 National Basketball League Grand Final between the Cairns Taipans and the New Zealand Breakers.

The Australian league game went into double overtime and had some very thrilling moments, evidenced by the almost Gus Johnson-esque excitement from the TV announcers.

Who was the announcer of the game?

None other than former Hawkeye basketball player Steve Carfino.

The Hawkeyes team MVP in 1984, Carfino (right) averaged 8.9 points per game during his four-year Iowa career, scoring 1,037 career points. After his collegiate career, the former Hawkeye was drafted by the Boston Celtics but then spent five years playing in the NBL in Australia.

Carfino was a four-time All-Star in Australia before a back injury forced him to retire from basketball. He’s been a sports announcer in Australia since 1992.

Here’s his call that has received attention from SI.com & Awful Announcing.

The best parts of Carfino’s call are at 1:00, 2:35, 3:00, and 3:35


Darryl Moore Q&A

Once Darryl Moore set foot on the Iowa campus, he became a Hawkeye for life.

Iowa basketball fans will remember Moore for being a high-flying guard with a bright smile on the 1996-97 team that placed second in the Big Ten. But when Moore did arrive in Iowa City as a freshman, he never planned on playing basketball, other than recreationally. He had a successful career at DuSable High School in Chicago, but at 6’2”, 182-pounds he thought that was the end of organized hoops.

As the story goes, assistant coach Rick Moss discovered Moore playing at the Field House gym torching opponents. Eventually word got to head coach Tom Davis, who invited Moore for a tryout. The rest is history, as they say.

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Moore redshirted and practiced on the Gray Team his first season, then appeared in three games over his next two years. His breakout came as a junior when he played in all 32 games, starting 13, and scoring 5.1 points per game. As a senior, Moore upped his scoring average to 7.1 ppg while appearing in 31 games. He also was given the Chris Street Award his senior year as a player who best exemplifies the spirit, enthusiasm, and intensity of the late Chris Street.

An African-American and World Studies major, Moore enjoyed every second of his time as a student-athlete. He played overseas after college, but came back to the area he fell in love with in college.

The Chicago native has been living in North Liberty for just over six years. His four children (ages 18, 12, 11 and 7) keep him on the go, but he still finds time to get back on the hardwood. Moore has been a fixture of the Prime Time League at the North Liberty Rec Center every summer, teaching and mentoring current Hawkeyes. But that’s not all he does—he can still fly. Once in a while, he’ll get a steal for a fast break and soar for a dunk like he’s 20 years old again. And flash that same ear-to-ear grin. He loves talking and laughing with fans anytime he can.

HawkeyeLocator caught up with Moore to discuss his life, basketball, good memories and the current state of Iowa program.
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Hawkeye Mount Rushmore

What if the University of Iowa built a Mount Rushmore to honor former Iowa football and basketball players?

Hawkeye Locator is giving YOU the opportunity to determine which former Iowa football & basketball stars should forever be enshrined on the Hawkeye Mount Rushmore.

We’ve selected 16 former players and set up a bracket-style tournament to determine which four Hawkeyes will make the cut. Once the Final Four is set, there will be a final vote to decide who is the greatest former Hawkeye of All-Time.

Click Here to vote on the First Round Match-ups

First Round: April 13 to April 20

Second Round: April 20 to April 27

Third Round: April 29 to May 4

Final Round: May 4 to May 11


Former Hawkeye Rodell Davis hired at Loyola (Ill.)

It didn’t take long for former Hawkeye basketball player Rodell Davis to find another coaching job.

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The 1992 Iowa team captain has been hired as an assistant basketball coach at Loyola (Ill.), less than a month after losing his assistant coaching job at Providence after the firing of former head coach Keno Davis.

Rodell Davis is the first assistant hired by new Rambler head coach Porter Moser, who was introduced as the team’s new head coach on April 6.

“He is a true Chicago guy and we have made it a priority to recruit the city and the surrounding area,” Moser told The Daily Herald. “I think he is a great fit here.”

Prior to coaching at Providence, the three-year Hawkeye letterwinner spent one season as an assistant at Drake.


Reggie Evans has Season-Best Performance in Loss to Cavs

Toronto Raptors forward Reggie Evans got his first start since Nov. 26 on Wednesday against

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Cleveland, and he didn’t disappoint.

The way the former Hawkeye performed, there will likely be plenty more opportunities for playing time.

Evans recorded his second double-double of the season, scoring a season-high 15 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in the Raptors 104-96 loss to the lowly Cavaliers.

The former Iowa standout and eight-year NBA veteran began playing again on March 9 after being sidelined for more than three months recovering from foot surgery.

Despite his recent success, Toronto continues to struggle. The Raptors (21-57) have managed only one victory in their last nine games and sit in last place in the Atlantic Division.

Evans — one of only four Hawkeyes to ever reach 1,000 points in just two season — is averaging 4.2 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this season.