Jeff Hornacek is one of the greatest stories in Cyclone history. The guard came to Iowa State as a walk-on in the winter 1981-82, and went on to shatter the Big Eight Conference career assist record his senior season with 665. He concluded his career as only the second player in conference history to score 1,000 points and record 600 assists while setting or tying eight school records.


At point guard, he led ISU to the 1983-84 NIT, the 1984-85 NCAA Tournament and the 1986 NCAA Sweet Sixteen. The senior capped a brilliant collegiate career by helping the Cyclones to a school-record 22 wins and a second-place regular-season conference finish.


Following his stellar Cyclone career, Hornacek blossomed into a NBA star. He averaged double figures in scoring for four straight seasons in Phoenix and was named a NBA All-Star in 1991-92, averaging 20.1 points, 5.1 assists and 5 rebounds per game. Hornacek would gain stardom when he was traded to the Utah Jazz to team with John Stockton as one of the NBA’s top guard tandems.