Reggie Evans: Iowa Hawkeyes Basketball Player of the Decade

B.Senior Analyst IDecember 25, 2009

Reggie Evans was a rebounding machine at Iowa.

In 2001, Evans led the nation in free throws attempted, free throws made, and double-doubles.  He also set an Iowa single-season record for rebounds, pulling down 416.

His 378 rebounds in 2002 ranks as the third highest single season total on record at Iowa.

The 6'8'' Evans led the Big Ten Conference in rebounding in 2001 and 2002 and was named Second Team All-Big Ten in 2002.

The Hawkeyes won the Big Ten Conference Tournament in 2001, due in large part to the outstanding play of Evans.  Evans was named the Big Ten Tournament MVP and set Big Ten Tournament records for free throws, free throw attempts, and rebounds, both for a single game and the entire tournament.

He holds the Big Ten Tournament career record with 95 rebounds in eight games over two seasons.

Calling him a basketball ninja would be an understatement.

Evans entered Iowa as a junior college transfer out of Kansas, and he quickly made his presence known.  He became just the fourth player in Iowa basketball history to reach 1,000 points in just two years.

He was awarded the team MVP title both of his years at Iowa and was Honorable Mention All-American in 2001 and 2002.

The aggressive play of Evans even earned him a selection to a USA Basketball World Championship team that earned a Gold medal at the FIBA World Championships in 2001.

Evans liked to say that big time players make big time plays.  He proved to live up to his mantra.

There is no question that Reggie Evans will go down as one of the best players in Iowa basketball history, and will be remembered by fans for more decades to come.