AMES, Iowa - The Iowa State Athletics Department announced today its All-Century Team in honor and celebration of 100 years of men’s basketball at ISU next season (2007-08). 

 A total of 15 former Cyclone greats made the All-Century Team. Eight Cyclone All-Americans were guaranteed slots and fans were given the opportunity to vote for seven additional honorees during a season-long vote on cyclones.com. The 15-person team includes: Zaid Abdul-Aziz “Don Smith” (1966-68), Victor Alexander (1988-91), Kelvin Cato (1996-97), Marcus Fizer (1998-2000), Jack Flemming (1935-37), Jeff Grayer (1985-88), Fred Hoiberg (1992-95), Jeff Hornacek (1983-86), Hercle Ivy (1973-76), Barry Stevens (1982-85), Jake Sullivan (2001-04), Gary Thompson (1955-57), Jamaal Tinsley (2000-01), Waldo Wegner (1933-35) and Dedric Willoughby (1996-97).

“Reliving the rich history of 100 years of Iowa State men’s basketball will be a season-long celebration,” Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard said. “The fact that fans – through online voting – determined much of the team’s make-up was appropriate. I hope all Cyclone fans are as excited as we are to honor these outstanding ambassadors of Cyclone men’s basketball next season.”  

"The history and tradition of the Iowa State men’s basketball program is immense," ISU head coach Greg McDermott said. "These 15 Cyclones, all in their personal and team accomplishments, helped lay the foundation of ‘Hilton Magic’."

Iowa State will honor its All-Century Team throughout the entire 2007-08 season, culminating with a special letterwinners reunion and a halftime celebration next season at a game yet to be determined.

 

Zaid Abdul-Aziz "Don Smith" (1966-68)

Zaid Abdul-Aziz, who played at Iowa State as Don Smith, was one of the greatest players in Big Eight history. An AP All-American center in 1968, Abdul-Aziz was ISU’s first three-time first-team all-conference player (1966, 1967, 1968). Abdul-Aziz led the Big Eight in scoring twice (1967- 24.8 ppg, 1968- 24.2 ppg) and led the league in rebounding three times (1966- 13.0 rpg, 1967- 13.4 rpg, 1968- 14.6 rpg). He was named Big Eight Player of the Year in 1968 and was the fifth pick in the 1968 NBA Draft. He is one of six players in ISU history to have his number (No. 35) retired.

 

Victor Alexander (1988-91)

Victor Alexander’s soft touch made him one of the best low-block scorers in Iowa State history. The burly center (6-9, 265 pounds) was honored as a first-team all-Big Eight choice in 1989 and 1991 and his 1,892 career points rank fourth all-time in school history. Alexander is the most accurate shooter in the history of the program, connecting on 61.1 percent of his career shots from the field. He led the Big Eight in field goal percentage in 1991 at 65.9 percent. Alexander was a first round NBA Draft pick in 1991.

 

 


Kelvin Cato (1996-97)

Kelvin Cato is the greatest shotblocker in Iowa State history and his presence in the middle helped the Cyclones to unprecedented success in his two seasons. The center led the conference in blocked shots in 1996 (Big Eight, 2.6 bpg) and 1997 (Big 12, 4.1 bpg) en route to the second-most blocks in school history with 189. He still owns ISU’s single-game (11) and single-season (118) rejection marks. A first round NBA Draft pick in 1997, Cato led ISU to a pair of NCAA Tournaments (1996, 1997) and the 1996 Big Eight Tournament title.

 

 

Marcus Fizer (1998-2000)

Marcus Fizer is arguably the most dominant big man in the history of Cyclone men’s basketball. Fizer led the Cyclones to a school-record 32 wins and their first league title in 54 years as a junior (1999-2000). Fizer was a consensus first-team All-American, Big 12 Player of the Year and runner-up AP National Player of the Year in 2000, as the Cyclones advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. ISU’s fifth all-time leading scorer (1,830 points), Fizer broke the single-season scoring mark in 2000 (844 points) and was the fourth pick in the 2000 NBA Draft.

 

 

Jack Flemming (1935-37)

Jack Flemming, a high-scoring forward, was Iowa State’s second All-American, earning national honors from Converse in 1937. Flemming averaged 7.4 ppg on ISU’s first conference championship team in 1935, as the Cyclones went 8-2 against league competition to claim the Big Six crown. Flemming capped off his career by earning first-team all-Big Six kudos as well as All-America honors in 1937. His 215 points scored in 1937 was the single-season school mark until 1950.

 


 

Jeff Grayer (1985-88)

Jeff Grayer is the most prolific scorer in school history, amassing a school-record 2,502 points in his four-year career. The forward was a three-time first-team all-Big Eight pick (1986, 1987, 1988), as ISU made three NCAA appearances in his tenure. Grayer earned AP All-America honors and led the Big Eight in scoring (25.3 ppg) in 1988. He was named to the Big Eight’s All-Decade team in the 1980s and became the first Cyclone hoopster to represent the United States on an Olympic team, earning a bronze medal in 1988. He was a first round NBA Draft pick in 1988. His jersey number (No. 44) has been retired.

 

 

Fred Hoiberg (1992-95)

Fred Hoiberg’s outstanding basketball ability and popularity in his hometown of Ames earned him the nickname “The Mayor” in his four years with the Cyclones. The sharpshooting guard was third-team Basketball Times All-American, a first-team all-Big Eight choice and a first-team Academic All-American in 1995. ISU’s third all-time leading scorer with 1,993 points, Hoiberg ranks in ISU’s career top-10 in five different categories. Hoiberg was a second round NBA Draft pick in 1995 and his jersey number (No. 32) was retired in 1997.

 

 

Jeff Hornacek (1983-86)

Jeff Hornacek’s rags to riches story is the stuff legends are made of. A sparsely recruited player out of high school, Hornacek walked-on at Iowa State and went on to become the Big Eight’s all-time leader in assists (665). The heady point guard is ISU’s career leader in assists (665) and steals (211), and his 1,313 points ranks 15th all-time. A first-team all-Big Eight selection in 1986, Hornacek went on to become an NBA All-Star, playing 14 NBA seasons and scoring more points in the NBA than any other player from the state of Iowa (15,659). His jersey number (No. 14) was retired in 1992.

 

 

Hercle Ivy (1973-76)

Hercle Ivy was a high-scoring guard for the Cyclones in the mid-1970s, ending his career in 1976 as ISU’s all-time leading scorer (1,729 points). Ivy was named first-team all-Big Eight and led the league in scoring (28.3 ppg) in 1975. His 28.3 ppg scoring average that season ranked fifth nationally and is still the best single-season scoring clip in school history. Ivy set ISU’s single-game scoring mark- which now ranks third- with a 43-point effort vs. Colorado. Ivy was a fourth round NBA Draft choice in 1976.

 

 

Barry Stevens (1982-85)

Barry Stevens’ uncanny long-range shooting and outstanding athletic ability was a perfect fit in Johnny Orr’s up-tempo style that helped resurrect the ISU program in the 1980s. The smooth-shooting forward ended his career as ISU’s all-time leading scorer - he now ranks second - with 2,190 points. A two-time first-team all-Big Eight selection (1984, 1985), Stevens averaged 21.7 ppg as a senior in 1985 to pace ISU to its first NCAA appearance since 1944. He has the school’s second-best single game scoring mark (47 points) and is the only Cyclone to score 40 or more points in a game twice.

 

 

Jake Sullivan (2001-04)

Jake Sullivan is the most prolific long-range bomber in the history of Cyclone basketball. The dead-eye guard ended his career as ISU’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made with 270 and is the Cyclones’ seventh all-time leading scorer (1,810). He owns ISU’s and the Big 12’s career (89.6 percent) and single-season (93.3 percent) free throw percentage marks. His 89.6 career free throw percentage is the ninth-best clip in NCAA history. The 2001 Big 12 Freshman of the Year was a third-team Academic All-American in 2003.

 

 

Gary Thompson (1955-57)

Gary Thompson helped put Iowa State on the basketball map in the 1950s, earning first-team AP All-America honors and Big Seven Player of the Year accolades in 1957. The “Roland Rocket” was ISU’s first 1,000-point scorer, accumulating 1,253 points to rank 18th all-time in school history. The guard led ISU to the 1955 Big Seven Holiday Tournament title and paced ISU to its first and only win against a top-ranked opponent, knocking off No. 1 Kansas, 39-37, on Jan. 14, 1957. Thompson was a member of United States’ 1959 Pan American Games team. His jersey number (No. 20) has been officially retired.

 

 

Jamaal Tinsley (2000-01)

Jamaal Tinsley’s incredible ballhandling skills and outstanding floor leadership propelled the Cyclones during their most productive period in school history. ISU won back-to-back Big 12 titles (2000, 2001) and never lost a game in Hilton Coliseum in his two seasons as point guard, going 34-0 at home. Tinsley earned AP All-America honors and was named Big 12 Player of the Year in 2001. He still owns ISU’s single-season assists (244) and steals (98) marks and is one of three Cyclones to record a triple-double. He was a first round NBA Draft pick in 2001.

 

 

Waldo Wegner (1933-35)

Waldo Wegner was ISU’s first All-American and a dominating force in the middle, leading ISU in scoring for three consecutive seasons (1933, 1934, 1935). The center was a two-time first-team all-Big Six selection, earning Converse All-America honors in 1935. Wegner led ISU to its first-ever conference title, playing every minute of every game while averaging 10.6 ppg in the 1935 championship season. The Cyclones finished 13-3 overall and 8-2 in loop play in 1935. His jersey number (No. 14) is retired and he was inducted into ISU’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998.

 

 

Dedric Willoughby (1996-97)

Dedric Willoughby’s leadership and pinpoint accuracy from long distance paced the Cyclones to consecutive NCAA appearances in 1996 and 1997. A two-time first-team all-conference choice, Willoughby was named MVP of the 1996 Big Eight Tournament after leading ISU to its first-ever postseason conference tournament crown. Willoughby is the only player in the ISU 1,000-point club who played just two seasons, totaling 1,186 points to rank 21st all-time. He owns ISU’s school marks in 3-pointers made in a season (102) and game (9).