Hawkeye Birthdays: Ricky Davis

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

Photo from CelticsLife.com

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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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