- Waldo Wegner (1933-1935) (6’4”) ISU’s first All-American. He played every minute of every game in 1935.
- Gary Thompson (1955-1957) (5’10”, 158 lbs, G) First Cyclone to score 1,000+ points. Led ISC in their upset of #1 Kansas and Wilt Chamberlain in 1957. Big Seven Player of the Year (1957), 2× First-team All-Big Seven (1956, 1957).
- Zaid Abdul-Aziz (1966-1968) (6’8”, 225 lbs, PF / C) Zaid was the No. 2 rebounder and the No. 3 scorer in Big Eight history when his ISU career had ended. Abdul-Aziz scored 33 against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & John Wooden’s (eventual champ) UCLA squad in the 1967-68 season.
- Barry Stevens (1982-1985) (6’5”, 185 lbs, SG / SF) When Stevens left Iowa State his 2,190 points was a school record. First-team All-Big Eight (1983–1985).
- Jeff Hornacek (1983-1986) (6’3”, 185 lbs, PG) Hornacek walked on at Iowa State and ended up becoming the Big Eight’s career assists leader.
- Jeff Grayer (1985-1988) (6’5”, 200lbs, SF/SG) First-team All-Big Eight (1986–1988), Second-team All-American (AP, 1988), all-time career scoring record, with 2,502 points.
- Fred Hoiberg (1992-1995) (6’4”, 200lbs, SG) “The Mayor” finished with 1,993 points.
Iowa State doesn’t often retire jerseys, doing so just seven times for men’s basketball, four times for women’s basketball, and once for football. What goes into retiring a jersey?
From an e-mail with Athletic Director Jamie Pollard,
“We have two minimum requirements:
1. Have to be in the Athletics Hall of Fame.
2. Have to have graduated from Iowa State.”
That settles why Fizer isn’t in the rafters, however, why not remember one of his best achievements as a Cyclone?
Via Kirk Haaland on Twitter: “Over a six game stretch in 2000 where 5 games were to clinch the B12 title, Marcus Fizer averaged 33.5 points per game.”
Enjoy his highlights below.
While we’re on the topic of retiring jerseys, I think we should #Hang4AtHilton.
From her Hall of Fame bio, Stacy Frese has the following accolades:
- Two-time All-American, including second-team honors by the Associated Press (2000)
- Three-time First-team All-Big 12, Frese led ISU to its first conference regular-season and tournament championships in 2000
- Made all eight of her three-point shots vs. Nebraska in 1999, tied for the best game percentage in NCAA history
- A three-time Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year honoree
- Led the Cyclones to three straight NCAA Tournaments, including Elite Eight (1999) and Sweet Sixteen (2000) appearances
- Played one professional season with the Utah Starzz of the WNBA